Delicate Arch Trail [CLOSED]

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Arches National Park

Delicate Arch Trail [CLOSED] is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 610 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

no shade

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Delicate Arch Trail is a short hike in Arches National Park to Utah's most recognizable natural arch. You will likely recognize the famous arch from the Utah license plates. The hike starts at the Delicate Arch Trailhead off at the Wolf Ranch turn-off in the Moab area of southern Utah . There is a large parking area right off of the main park road. From the parking area you will cross the bridge over salt wash. The hike to Delicate Arch is just over 1.5 miles each way, approximately a 3 mile hike round-trip. 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. A visit to this beautiful arch is a must do in Arches National Park. Parking is limited and can fill up quickly during peak tourism months so make sure to arrive at the trailhead early.

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no shade
3 days ago

Hiked on a late June morning. Very exposed so bring water and plan accordingly, otherwise the trail is not too difficult and easy to follow. Lots of other hikers.

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3 days ago

Attempted to hike to Arches a few years ago. However it flooded in the summer and they closed the trail. Very disappointed.

hiking
9 days ago

Summer needs some challenge

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no shade
rocky
13 days ago

Awesome at sunrise! Bring a light if you are coming before sunrise so you can see where to walk. #lovearches

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Not too strenuous or hard of a climb. I went in May, and there weren’t too many people around. definitely worth waking up early for!

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19 days ago

One of the best trail I ever had. I went there August 2019. I arrived parking lot around 5:30 am. Its bit hard to find right track without light. But if you have some experience or sense for hiking many times, you can find the way to go on the top. For my experience, i would try go there when the sun set, instead of sun rise because of opposite side from the Arch.

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rocky
scramble
21 days ago

Este lugar es el más hermoso al que e visitado me encanta y volvería mil veces más si es posible me encanta... esta un poco pesado por subir pero la recompensa es genial un lugar fuera de todas mis expectativas

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23 days ago

Great hike, it’s moderate! Def get there early to have better parking and to be able to enjoy delicate arch before the crowd comes in!

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26 days ago

Did this hike a couple winters ago for sunset. V pretty. Completed January 2018

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no shade
1 month ago

Amazing view- absolutely worth the climb!

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no shade
1 month ago

Did this hike in March. Was during Coronavirus so it was only one group and us out there! Such a magical place. The arch deserves all the hype

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1 month ago

Had the opportunity to do this hike earlier this month and I loved it. It was pretty windy which made it nerve racking with the steep slopes though.

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1 month ago

Epic bucket-list type day hike that my kids and I will never forget! The massive crowds of international tourists start off walking through flat desert, criss-crossing like ants up the side of a massive slab of slickrock sandstone mountainside, then winding single-file up up up through a dreamy labyrinth of slots carved by water into the rock, only then to cling to a narrow rock ledge along a sheer cliff side, and finally emerging to a front row seat for a world-class natural wonder towering over its own stone amphitheater. Hats, sunscreen, lots of water, and a snack to eat while you wait an hour in line to take your picture under the arch. So worth it though!!

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rocky
2 months ago

Breathtaking. If you add sunset, it’s just WOW! Out of this planet! I can’t imagine doing this trail during summer, it must be VERY hot. This time of the year I think is perfect. Although is super windy and cold up there. Bring gloves, a good jacket.

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2 months ago

These arches are truly magnificent

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2 months ago

Amazing hike to really cool arch

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2 months ago

Beautiful sunset—even on a cloudy day

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no shade
2 months ago

Delicate Arch hike was really nice! High traffic, but the parking was adequate. Highly recommend exploring others hikes in Arches National Park as well

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blowdown
off trail
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Went last week and it wasn’t crowded. Trail was dry with really good traction. Our 12 year old who is super uncoordinated hiked this trail just fine and absolutely loved it.

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rocky
2 months ago

Perfect overcast weather for this very exposed hike. Certainly deserves all the hype.

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. Snowy mountains in the background make for an unreal scenery. Definitely a steep incline to get there. For pictures and information about this trail and more follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

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no shade
2 months ago

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