Delicate Arch Trail

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Delicate Arch Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.0 miles 610 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

A short hike in Arches National Park to Utah's most recognizable arch. Your trip to Arches National Park is not complete without first taking a trip to visit Delicate Arch. You will likely recognize Delicate Arch from the Utah license plate. The hike to Delicate Arch is just over 1.5 miles each way, totaling 3.2 miles all together. It is best hiked in spring and fall when the temperatures are cooler, or during the golden hours just after sunrise or and before sunset when the rocks seem to turn a magical color and the air temperature is bearable again. Take at least 1 quart (1 liter) of water per person! There is no shade. Open slickrock with some exposure to heights. The first half-mile is a wide, well-defined trail. Upon reaching the slickrock, follow the rock cairns. The trail climbs gradually and levels out toward the top of this rock face. Just before you get to Delicate Arch, the trail goes along a rock ledge for about 200 yards.

hiking
2 minutes ago

Great trail to run. Gets crowded - go early.

hiking
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2 days ago

what an awesome hike. uphill most of the way out, but so worth the effort. gorgeous views.

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hiking
4 days ago

If my wife made it (3 back surgeries), anyone can!

4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Short, but steep. Great hike with the famous and spectacular Delicate Arch. Make sure to take plenty of water and try to go early or late to avoid the hot sun! There's no shade.

backpacking
6 days ago

Harder than some of the other reviews but worth every steep climb. The arch and area are breathtaking! Hike back is a lot easier. If you only have time for one hike this is it.

10 days ago

Worth all the ups!

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1 month ago

love this trail. Went off trail halfway and got nice view on back of arch