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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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Beautiful hike to do for sunrise. Highly recommend this as you get some great color in the sky for photography and also avoid the heat. If you bring a headlamp it's totally worth it and you end up at a magnificent view.

8 days ago

This is a must if you're visiting the park. There is no tree cover on the actual trail, however, there are places the whole way to hide behind a tree for a little break. Scorching hot but definitely worth it!

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8 days ago

Meh, not bad, lot of hype and a lot of people, but still some awesome views. The petroglyphs at the beginning are very cool.

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9 days ago

amazing hike, and that hill was a calf buster! :) no shade, amazing scenery and the best arch in the park!

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10 days ago

Well worth it, but very heavily trafficked.

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10 days ago

Fun out and back trip that gives you a lot more than expected diverse scenery. Also, more strenuous than expect but a must-do for anybody in Utah.

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