Delicate Arch Trail

MODERATE 803 reviews
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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
590 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

no dogs

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.

2 days ago

This hike was very fun and takes just about an hour or two to reach the arches. It can get very crowded and you will have to wait in line to get a photo under the big arch but it is well worth your time!

5 days ago

Run up and down

hiking
11 days ago

Very easy hike, not very long and the trail is pretty flat after the initial ascent. The views around Delicate Arch are spectacular ! Definitely a must see.

The great thing about Arches National Park is one can choose many routes to climb on the sandstone structures. ( Stay off the plant life and do not climb Arches ! Climbing other sandstone structures is okay ). This makes any hike in Arches very enjoyable as one can choose to veer off the trail and explore other areas. Highly recommend it.

Wear good hiking shoes.

hiking
14 days ago

Heavily trafficked hike, but it's worth it

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

The arch is beautiful, but the trail was extremely crowded today (Black Friday). I️ recommend wearing hiking shoes with decent traction because the last part of the trail is slanted smooth rock surface! Definitely would do this again - next time on a weekday!

21 days ago

Stunning scenery

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

sick hike

hiking
27 days ago

Steep at parts, but it was worth it seeing the iconic arc from many pictures in person.

hiking
29 days ago

It was so windy when we went up!! The section just before getting into the arch was so windy, that we actually did not go over the rock barrier to get closer to the arch. (As you get closer to where the arch is, you will follow a ledge alongside a boulder that does have a drop off on one side... we stuck to the rock wall!!) It was intimidating because it's also high off the ground as you get closer to the arch.. when you feel like you're getting blown over, it's scary!! I did this trail back in 2009 when it wasn't windy... both times were amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Always enjoy this trail...it's rated Moderate, but except for elevation affecting flatlanders, I think it's easy. Beautiful the whole way! Walk down to the arch if you have good shoes. Took us under an hour with pics and water break at top to enjoy the view.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most beautiful sunsets I have even seen from delicate arch a great little hike

1 month ago

Great hike.

1 month ago

Windy but beautiful at sunset

hiking
1 month ago

This is moderate hike, and well worth it. Be mindful of the wind near the top which I imagine is pretty constant, not just the day I was there. It’s awesome to see, but good luck getting a good picture of it without somebody else walking around it.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike at 430pm in late October. Weather was crisp - jumpers were required! We're in reasonable shape and it took us half an hour to get to the arch. The views of the arch are amazing - definitely recommend this hike to folks in Arches NP.

hiking
1 month ago

Iconic moab hike with great view of delicate arch. Super easy 3 mile hike and super crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail at the beginning of September where temperatures were 100 degrees. A sweaty hike because of the heat, but very well worth the payoff. Many tourists go unprepared; if there are two things you need to bring, they are water and good shoes.

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