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Delicate Arch Trail is a 3 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.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 610 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Walking Bird watching Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No shade No dogs
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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.

Arches National Park PO Box 907 Moab, UT 84532 Phone Visitor Information (435) 719-2299

You can park in the parking lot at Wolfe Ranch, Just a little ways off the Arches Entrance Road (the only main road in all of Arches National Park). Bring plenty of water. Especially if you are hiking during the midday heat in the Summer, this trail can be very hot. It is hard to know how much water you are losing due to the dry desert heat. A large bottle of water will make the hike much more enjoyable.

Directions from Arches National Park Main Entrance: Drive northward along the park road for 11.7 miles to the Wolfe Ranch Road. Turn right and follow signs to the ranch. Do not follow signs to Delicate Arch Viewpoint, that is a different trailhead.

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Rachel Wang
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Definitely get there early - I arrived around 6:45am or so and the lot was about 1/3rd full. Hike is mostly steep incline with no shade. If you go in the morning, no shade is not a big deal because it’ll be cooler and not that bad. The view it totally worth, it’s so pretty around 8am or so (sunrise is pretty, but for someone with an average camera it’s a bit too dark). It does get crowded quickly, so the earlier you go, the better!

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Lynda Russell
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Pretty hard going because of the heat, but well worth it.

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Novi Boruff
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Not too Difficult of a Hike , Lots of Peoples we got there around 10ish plenty parkings

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Valentina Park
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Get there early (before 8a). Otherwise, expect crowds and for the parking lot to be full. Fairly easy trail with a rewarding payoff. During peak season, the park will close by 10a and then it’s one out/one in.

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Abel Leung
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Mel C
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Delicate Arch - Arches National Park (Moab, Utah) Delicate Arch can also been seen from the viewpoint or up close by hiking to it. The hike from the parking lot to Delicate Arch is only 3 miles RT and for me, it was an easy hike. Just keep in mind that you're starting at an elevation over 4,000 feet, the elevation gain is over 600 feet, and the entire trail is exposed. Bring a good pair of shoes with a decent grip and some hydration with you. I also do not recommend this hike if you have a fear of heights. We attempted to visit the arch for sunset, but the parking lot was full and the trail was way too busy. My wife read it somewhere that the best time to go see the arch was before sunrise. We came back the next day prior to 6:00 AM, found parking, hiked the 1.5 miles to the arch in darkness, and waited for the sun to rise. With the exception of about 75+ people that were already at the arch, we had it all to ourselves. The arch is a sight to be seen and in my opinion, needs to be seen in person. The arch is simply amazing, especially during sunrise.

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Beth George
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Martin M
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Lot of people,

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Thomas Gideon
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Rebecca Beyer
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Amazing! Got there at sunrise and not too crowded, lot nearly full when leaving

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Karishma Patel
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Takes 2 hours round trip realistically. Try not to go during direct sun times. An amazing view once you reach the arch!

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Danielle Cruz
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Moderate trail with gradual incline to top. Beautiful views, but super crowded in the afternoon (we started at 230pm). Recommend going early before 930am for less people.

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David voracek
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Evan Duncan
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Bryan Holekamp
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A relatively easy trail (for experienced hikers) to an iconic arch. Unfortunately, it is very crowded. The parking lot is full between 8:30 AM - noon on most days. To avoid waiting for a spot (or being turned away by park rangers), get there early or in the mid-afternoon. Even still, the trail is full of slow hikers and families. In some spots, you can pass them but there are also narrow sections of the trail where you need to wait. When you arrive at the arch, there’s a huge gang of people waiting to take their pictures in front of it. It’s a decent trail, but the crowds are closer to an amusement park than a national park.

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Eligio Damas
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Definitely an ass kicker. bring plenty of water as you are constantly exposed to the sun. The arch is Definitely worth the effort.

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Brad Dubis
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Veronica Ruiz
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Perfect sunrise hike. We started at around 6am and go a bit lost towards the end (and a couple other hikers in front of us), but we quickly found our way back to the main trail without having to turn around.

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Kurt Reinheimer
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Be prepared to be frustrated by people. The parking lot at the trailhead is small and will be full by sunrise. Be ready to circle and wait or walk from a nearby lot. The entire hike to the arch is crowded and you’ll be dodging families and kids the entire way. Once you get there, there will be an unending line of people waiting to get their picture in the arch and you will have to be lucky to get a photo without other people in it. I don’t know when the best time of day to go when it may not be so crowded, so just mentally prepare yourself.

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Sarah H
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We hiked this around noon on a weekday and found most of the crowds were leaving as we headed up. Great views, interesting terrain and not too long. The portion of the trail cut into the stone at the top was fun.

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Daniel Hunt
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Pretty much a perfect hike. Arrived 15 minutes before sunset. 45 minutes from parking lot to the arch. Watched the sunset. Crazy awesome. Then 40 minute hike back and only needed a head lamp the last 10 minutes or so. I do it that way every time. And holy cow. Tons of people fall break weekend.

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Mary Ulmer
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Get there early! We arrived in time for sunrise and there was plenty of parking. Once we finished 2 hours later, cars were circling. The hike is mostly not hard, but there are some parts that are very high up with sheer drop offs. These are fine when not crowded; the width of the path up there is a comfort for those with vertigo. The arch is beautiful and people watching is great.

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Steven Lange
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Helen Kwok
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Iconic Arches trail! It’s rough going up with the incline, and at 1pm it was sunny and hot- there’s no cover on this trail. We kept wondering where the delicate arch was and at the end of the trail as you’re walking on the ledge that seems like it’ll lead to the side of a cliff, you round a corner and there she is! Everyone was very polite about taking turns with pictures

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Andrezza Goveia
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One of the best hikes I’ve ever done! The view is breathtaking. The hike itself is not overly difficult other than the lack of shade. I would bring plenty of water. Some parts have a steep rock climb but it is not slippery and totally doable for beginners.

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Diana Murray
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