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Delicate Arch Trail

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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

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

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
10 hours ago

Nothing not to like, except maybe the crowds. A must-do at Arches,

2 days ago

One of the most unique hikes I’ve been on. Can be tough with the heat. Go very early or late afternoon. Bring plenty of water

hiking
2 days ago

Planned to hike this in before sunset to catch sunset at the arch and then hike out under the moon. Unfortunately got a late start and hiked up around twilight. Wound up getting lost during one of the more open slick rock areas. Had enough of a signal to pick up GPS and map my way back to the trail. Stupid moon didn't rise until 1:13 am after we made it back to camp lol! Was still a ton of fun. I'd repeat it in the daytime anyday.

Amazing. Did it with kids 10 & 13 on a VERY hot day. It’s difficult in my opinion, but I think that had a lot to do with the heat.

hiking
3 days ago

A fun hike to this iconic Utah arch. Try to make it during cooler parts of the day. Shade to escape from the heat is slim.

3 days ago

Sweet hike. We arrived in parking lot at 730 am. lots of people. wouldn't recommend going much later than that!

4 days ago

It was a great hike, especially the way up to the Partition and Navajo Arches. not too hard except for one steep climb

Spectacular! Description is accurate, harder hike getting to the arch and the return is pretty easy. We were even treated to a flute player under the arch!

5 days ago

Amazing at sunset. Took 35 mins up (we maintained a pretty constant pace). Could be tricky to see trail when walking up the sandstone but you can easily follow the crowds. It’s popular for a reason - don’t be deterred by the number of people!

8 days ago

Gorgeous !! Be sure to stop at Frame arch before delicate arch

hiking
9 days ago

We hiked this with my family yesterday. It’s a beautiful hike. It’s not difficult if you’re fit. My parents were slower but it wasn’t terribly difficult. The view was beautiful and well worth the small, short climb.

hiking
9 days ago

Definitely a height issue haha
Loved the end game, well worth the hike

13 days ago

Great hike to do first thing in the morning to watch the sunrise. It gets very crowded as the day goes on, with some points of decent exposure.

hiking
13 days ago

We got there around 5:15 and arrived to Delicate Arch just as the sun was rising at 6. We were booking it up there because we didn't want to miss it. There were almost no people up there for about an hour and that's when we left as tons were coming up. They all had it way harder than we did. The sun was beating down and there is no shade. It's an excellent summer hike. Make sure to take lots of water. A ranger told us people die from dehydration every year on this hike. We saw lots of older people and people with kids on the bike just make sure you have lots of time and water if you're planning on going slow during hot times. Once at the arch it was a beautiful view all around and the arch was even better than the pics!

14 days ago

Awesome

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing views!

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike! Started it at 8:00am on Thursday morning. About 50 other people were already on the trail before I started. There was a line for standing beneath the gorgeous delicate arch in order to take a photo. Highly recommended.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike for the entire family. It's not super difficult, but be aware the hike up is pretty intense in spots for someone that doesn't hike a lot. I think everyone can make it, but it is steep in places. Beautiful at the top, and lots of other places to hike around on the rocks once you get up there.

hiking
15 days ago

Unreal. Here’s a tip: It’s highly rated for a reason.

hiking
18 days ago

This hike is wonderful from start to finish! There is so much to look at and take in. Taking a lot of water is not a suggestion; it is a must!

21 days ago

My family hiked this twice in two days, once in the morning and once in the evening. Evening was by far the best (worthy of 6-stars, if possible) but the morning hike is 5-stars!

23 days ago

Great hike especially at sunset. Always take plenty of water.

hiking
23 days ago

A must-see.

24 days ago

beautiful hike with plenty of high ground views. Very busy at sunset

25 days ago

Definitely worth seeing! Very hot during the summer and no shade so bring plenty of water and sunscreen!

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked on 5/27/18. Can be difficult when hot but short distance with great view so definitely worth seeing. Very crowded when we went, recommend to go later in the day.

25 days ago

Awesome

hiking
25 days ago

I completed this hike over memorial day weekend. It was amazing! You might have to be mindful that there are many people on the trail but connecting with others is about the experience as well. I’d recommend going in the morning or late in the evening, there isn’t much shade so it gets hot, bring sunscreen. Bring water and maybe even a bandana to wet while on the trail. I’m not in the best shape and this was totally doable. Can’t wait to come back!

hiking
25 days ago

This hike wasn't too bad, I carried my two year old up with no problem. The hike was not shaded so I'd go early in the morning or in the evening so it's not so hot!

hiking
26 days ago

This hike is absolutely amazing. i HIGHLY recommend going. I recommend going towards sunset because the arch looks beautiful.

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