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Delicate Arch Trail

MODERATE 1218 reviews
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Delicate Arch Trail is a 2.9 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
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

bird watching

partially paved

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.

hiking
9 hours ago

Really fun trail. Slight difficulty in regard to going uphill frequently throughout the hike but overall easy. If you are scared of heights it’s a little scary at the top but not too bad at all. We were lucky and got to the top during a lull and got one pic with no one in the background

hiking
2 days ago

The arches was one of the best hiking trips I’ve been to. The trail is relatively easy although there’s a decent incline when ascending towards the dunes. Along the way there are some breath taking views that you can’t help and take some pictures. When we reaching the arches it definitely felt satisfying and the scenery was amazing.

hiking
4 days ago

The directions on this app take you directly to the parking lot on wolf ranch road within the park. $30 per car gets you into the national park for a 7 day pass so if you have a group, go in one car if you can. We waited for 40 minutes in line around 11am to just get into the park. Parking is a bit crazy at that time too, but it seemed like the first wave of people were leaving around 12 and could get a parking spot right at the trail head. When we left around 3pm (we chilled out at the top for a while) there was no line to get into the park. I heard it’s a busy spot at sunrise and even more so at sunset. Oh and if you expect no one to be in the background of your pics here, good freaking luck, the trail is heavily trafficked with parents who don’t watch their kids closely on top of that. But it is certainly worth seeing at least once.

hiking
5 days ago

Great 2-3 hour there and back hike to an awesome destination! We went on a crisp 60 degree day in March. It can be a demanding hike since it’s almost straight up! Bring lots of water and good shoes. I definitely gonna put this hike on the early morning list to get that awesome sunrise shot!

hiking
5 days ago

This is a lot harder than it looks but was amazing. I completed it on 21 February during snowfall and was blessed to get the Arch all to myself for a tad bit. Highly recommend it when it is not busy but be prepared.

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing trail. Easy for a decently active person to complete. I'd also like to thank the person that nicely yelled at the people underneath the arch to move so everyone else could get an amazing picture.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy to moderate hike- did it with my two toddlers and the reward is worth it! Also glad we went in the off-season when the crowds were scarce! Can see why it’s the most popular trail at Arches NP.

hiking
21 days ago

1. View at the end is amazing.

2. Don’t underestimate the distance. Just because it is highly trafficked, doesn’t mean that it is easy. It’s not a flat walking trail, and is an increase distance unlike other trails in the park.

3. Bring double what you think you need for water if your hiking during hot weather months. Moab is hot in the summer!

4. Challenging and potentially dangerous for small children if you are unprepared for hot or in climate weather.

5. Minimal shade for adults. Kids can climb into rocks for shade

6. Use caution towards the end especially with kiddos—the path leading around to the arch could cause problems even though it is highly trafficked.

7. Delicate Arch at the end is pure beauty.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday and it’s well worth the effort. However, there is a section where it is very slippery due to ice but can be traversed in most any type of footwear with great caution.

22 days ago

Had the Arch all to ourselves this morning! Lots of ice on the north facing last two tenths of the hike. Take spikes.

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing views, just be careful around the end of the hike with ice spots on the rock.

hiking
muddy
snow
24 days ago

Always a beautiful arch. There’s not much I need to say about this place except see it immediately if you haven’t already.

A little snowy and muddy but no need for snow shoes or even micro spikes. Easily doable with good hiking boots

hiking
1 month ago

I've done this hike two times...standing under the iconic Delicate Arch is a reward!

hiking
1 month ago

The Arch will make all your hike up worthwhile!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike in the evening to see the arch at sunset. It was beautiful to see the colors pop. Was quite windy at the top with sand blowing. Was treated to a beautiful pink and purple sky on the way back down. Hike is fairly easy going as long as you have shoes with good traction and can handle some elevation changes.

hiking
1 month ago

A classic... What else can you say about it?

Quick dayhike on a lot of slick rock... Great views of the La Sal mountain from the arch. A must-do if you are in the Moab area. Go see it while you still can!

1 month ago

Beautiful views very unique arch. Biggest down sides are lack of shade and how big the crowds are. Also be prepared for wind up there. If you are in the park and of reasonable health this is a must.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

1 month ago

Quick out and back hike up to the arch! Probably about an hour and fifteen minutes round trip. Beautiful views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike. Very strenuous at the beginning but worth it for the view of the delicate arch. If there is any ice, be wary of the last third because there is a significant drop off of the side of the trail. But totally doable even with ice. Fantastic view and the arch is wonderful.

hiking
1 month ago

Great for sunrise hike, beat the crowds!

hiking
1 month ago

This was beautiful. It was a little rough at the beginning but all worth it. The views are incredible. This is a must see in Utah!

hiking
1 month ago

Such a cool hike! Not terribly difficult overall, especially considering the view you get to at the end. Last 1/4 mile of the trail is a little dicey. There is a steep drop-off to your left and the trail is full of ice/snow. However, there was a nice sand coating on top, which helped for traction. Not too busy this time of year either. We were able to walk out closer to the arch with only one other group there. We had hiking boots on and were fine the entire way. Awesome time of year to go!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Park gates were open but no staff was present at the payment booth or visitor center. The trail up isn’t very clearly marked (most of the cairns seemed to be gone) and could leave some inexperienced hikers in a slippery area. Ice present near the top 1/4 mile of the trail.

recorded Delicate Arch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 1/22, started at around 4:10pm, aiming for sunset. Beautiful sunlight with mild wind. Ranger said the last 0.5 miles of the trail are very icy in morning; when we arrived around 5pm, only part of the trail was covered by ice, probably melted already. micro-spikes helped a lot. The Arch under the sunset was amazing. Love the glowing orange color on the Arch. Totally worth the effort. Heading down after getting dark is a bit challenging, especially the icy part. We brought a flashlight and it was a life saver.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Easy going at the start with a little challenge on the last leg due to ice and snow. Sand and groomed trail to start, changing to rock midway and then back to mixed sand and rock at the end. Short ledge section at the final part.
Wonderful views both of the arch and the surrounding valleys. Haven't hiked in a while so it was a longer trip than it might normally be. Very worth it, especially since we were the only people there at the time (mid January).

hiking
2 months ago

Nice view, super easy hike and was pretty empty early on this time of year.

2 months ago

This is a get your picture and leave type of hike. Compared to Corona and Bowtie, it was meh. The arch itself is awesome. The hike up is nothing special. At the top, you’re met with a whole bunch of people with little hiking ettiequte. People perched under the arch making it impossible to get a photo and groups of people talking and yelling.

An all around better option is Corona and Bowtie. The drive there is AWESOME! The hike is so freaking fun and the arch is just as spectacular.

You have to see Delicate arch when you come to Utah, but definitely don’t do this as your only arch hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Wow! (In Owen Wilson’s voice)
This trail was EPIC! Incredible views and 100% worth it! It was considered moderate for us. It took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to hike up and 40 minutes to go back down. It was a little Icy but nothing too crazy. Elevation gain was a little difficult at times, but doable. Definitely a must do! Unbelievable views at the arch!

hiking
2 months ago

Short and easy yet stunning and beautiful. Delicate arch, probably the most famous of all the arches and understandably so.

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