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

Surprisingly strenuous-- was expecting something simple but the slickrock was a challenge! Gripped shoes really saved me here, it can be a bit challenging up the rockface. Tons of little hidden nooks and cool caverns if you look up and want to go off trail a little bit. We went midday and it was busy but not too bad, didn't really have to compete with anyone to climb the trail.

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2 days ago

Easy to lose trail--not as well marked with cairns as others, but well worth it (obviously). Busy.

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3 days ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Go as early as possible it gets crowded by 10 am. Wear hiking boots the slickrock can get slippery.

3 days ago

Easy hike if you normally hike at all. Use good shoes/boots. Always bring water.

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5 days ago

Well worth the hike!

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12 days ago

Great hike to break up the driving around the park

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13 days ago

Beautiful! Definitely a must do in Arches.