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 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

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.

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1 day ago

Great moderate hike with the famous delicate arch at the end. The arch was much bigger than I had anticipated. Worth the hike

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3 days ago

Beautiful hike worth the adventure. I'm a frequent hiker unfamiliar with hiking in Utah heat and would recommend hiking early if possible, as heat was the most challenging aspect. Don't be discouraged by the view of large slick rock at the start, it's really not as bad as it seems. Worth it! I'm afraid of heights and was able to do this with minimal difficulty

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4 days ago

I actually found this hike easy, but only because I have acclimated to hiking at 8000+ ft. My dad came to visit from TN and had to take a lot of breaks. We went on a rainy Tuesday afternoon and the trail was still packed with people. I can only imagine how busy it is on a weekend. You are also exposed to the sun, so bring lots of water.

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4 days ago

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4 days ago

This was a good hike with some great sights, but it was very very busy with tourists! It is definitely the most popular hike in the park and that shows with the crowd. Only took my dad and I an hour one-way and that was with a pretty slow pace. There is one big elevation gain over slick rock, not difficult but helps to have sturdy shoes. Lots of people doing it without water and with running shoes. The arch at the top is very busy and has a lot of people taking pictures. Most line up, so that helps. I'd do it again, but would like to do it in winter with fewer people.

5 days ago

Just do it

We did this hike at Sunset during a thunderstorm off in the distance. This was beautiful. Bring water

8 days ago

Do this as early as you can, to be exact: be there around sunrise, so that you can watch the sun starting to illuminate the arch. It is a wonderful experience.

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11 days ago

Wow! What an experience. Although the trail is busy, you still get the sense that you're in the middle of nowhere! Take lots of water with you. It gets hot very quickly. The hike up isn't too bad (I've done much worse). But it's also deceiving. Once you reach the top of the first major climb you might think you're close. But there is much more to hike beyond it. Trail markers are clear.

Bring a good camera. Once the arch actually comes in view, you'll want to hang out for awhile.

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11 days ago

It was fairly moderate. Paved trail at first then it is all rocks,sand, and sandstone to go off of. It was worth going to the top! It was a bit busy not too much where you won't get a good pic of the arche! Also don't worry about people getting in your photo for of the arche because everyone will more than likely have some curtesy.