Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail [CLOSED]

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Arches National Park

Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 141 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

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rocky

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Please note that that is not the trail TO the Delicate Arch. That trail is elsewhere in the park and can also be found on AllTrails. The route on this page takes the hiker a short distance to a beautiful overlook where you can see the Delicate Arch in the distance. This trail is rated as "easy" because it is short and not strenuous. If you go in the winter, it's important to note that this trail has numerous places where people leave the trail to take photos, and these vantage points can be icy and slippery in the winter. Details: Length: 100 yards (91 meters) round trip Time: 10 to 15 minutes In addition to the short accessible trail, another (moderately strenuous) hiking trail climbs one-half mile (0.8 km) toward Delicate Arch and ends at the rim of a steep canyon that separates the viewpoint from the arch. (This is not the popular trail to Delicate Arch, which starts at the Wolfe Ranch parking area.)

hiking
2 months ago

nice view point but you should hike to the real arch its better to hike to the arch

hiking
2 months ago

Hiking to the arch is way better. For pictures and information about this trail and more follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

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rocky
3 months ago

Short but relatively steep hike, provides great view of Delicate Arch and surrounding sandstone structures. Definitely a fun hike that’s not too long.

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muddy
4 months ago

Not very interesting hike. There is a fair amount of elevation, but the reward is only a view of the arch from very far away. Better, in that case, do the full Delicate Arch trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy walk to see a legendary landmark!

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail to view arch from a distance. First viewpoint is barely off the parking lot. Second viewpoint is a short uphill walk.

hiking
7 months ago

Waste of time. Do the arch trail hike at sunset!

hiking
8 months ago

Steep going to the upper lookout but very short! Good view of delicate arch, but it probably would have been better to do the hike instead.

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no shade
8 months ago

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no shade
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

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no shade
8 months ago

A decent view of the arch, worth it to see it if you don’t want to do the full hike, but it’s incredibly hot and crowded.

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rocky
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

A nice hike for my lazy ass, not wanting to go the full way up. This is the arch featured on Utah plates

hiking
11 months ago

First viewpoint is a short walk from parking lot, second viewpoint isn’t far but mostly uphill; both viewpoints feature interesting views of Delicate Arch from the “back” side.

hiking
Sun May 26 2019

Fun short hike, but not easy for kids. The climb at the end was steep and too much for our 4 year old, esp after she had walked up to North Window earlier in the morning.

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Sat May 18 2019

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rocky
Thu May 16 2019

Nice little hike to get your first taste of Delicate Arch, but don’t settle for just this!! Go see the Arch up close! Reasonably strenuous with enough steps and rocks to go up to a view point to see the Arch,

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

If you can complete this trail with somewhat ease, you can do the actual Delicate Arch Trail. The viewpoint just offers a few views from below, the best perspective of the Arch is from above, up close.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Short and steep but a great view

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Thu Mar 21 2019

It's a good hike that is primarily uphill to the top and then down hill back to the trail head. Due to the rain, the rock was a little slippery. The view of Delicate Arch was not great and not what I expected. Recommend doing the trail that leads you directly to the Delicate Arch instead. However, if you've had a long day and want a nice short hike, this would work.

hiking
Sun Feb 24 2019

Nice to get a few photos from below the Delicate Arch. Not much of a trail, drive up, take a few pictures, and then proceed to the Delicate Arch trail head to get up close to Arch.

Sun Feb 10 2019

Hope you have a powerful zoom on your camera. Different perspective on delicate arch is nice but it looks far away. If you can do the hike to the upper viewpoint without great struggling you could probably do the delicate arch trial it's just a lot more distance.

hiking
Tue Jan 29 2019

Quickest way to view delicate arch. Absolutely love the view, very pretty.

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Sun Jan 27 2019

Incredibly easy trail. More of a walk, rather than a hike. The view of the arch is so far. Hard to comprehend how large the arch is from this far away. Pretty well-maintained and accessible.

hiking
Tue Nov 13 2018

The view is far, it's better to just do the delicate arch trail.

Sun Oct 21 2018

third hike of the day, the sun was getting hot, kids were getting tired and delicate arches parking was a mad house!. nice way to view delicate arches from a distance and I do mean from a distance.

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