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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 difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, nature trips, and birding 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

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.

hiking
1 minute ago

The smooth rock is very helpful to climb up and down. The path is easy to keep. I'm sure my weekday visit had a lot less visitors which was nice.
Beautiful scenery through your entire hike.

8 hours ago

My 2 year old son made it as well as my 66 year old Dad. Spectacular.

hiking
1 day ago

I'm not sure why this hike is labeled as "hard". Do NOT let that bother you, it is actually really easy. I saw plenty of people carrying their kids, and some people even dressed with normal everyday clothing, no active swagger! The only rough part is the slick-rock after the first half mile, that will slow you down a bit but nothing too bad. The arch is spectacular! As you reach the rock ledge there is a rock wall that blocks the view to the arch, until it ends and then you are exposed to a breath taking sight!

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3 days ago

Wow. One of the best hikes ever!

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5 days ago

The hike is heavily trafficked and the parking lot was full even before the Visitor Center opened. If you don't mind lots of people including toddlers in diapers to people on crutches, the trail itself is beautiful!

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6 days ago

6 days ago

Amazing scenery! Be careful up there though.

6 days ago

6 days ago

The walk isn't that interesting for this area - just a slog up some slick rock - but the reward at the end is special! A must do in Moab.

7 days ago

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8 days ago