Delicate Arch Trail

Arches National Park, Utah

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain773ft
Trailhead Elevation4,302ft
Top4,860ft
Elevation Min/Max4302/4860ft
Elevation Start/End4302/4302ft

Delicate Arch Trail

Delicate Arch Trail is a hiking trail in Grand County, Utah. It is within Arches National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 4,302 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 773 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and restroom. The Twisted Doughnut Arch attraction can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Delicate Arch attraction and the Delicate Arch viewpoint. There is also a cliff near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Petroglyph Trail.

Delicate Arch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Climb a massive slickrock ribbon and stand beneath one of the park’s most iconic landmarks on this 3.1-mile out-and-back. Of the 2,000-plus sandstone hoops that adorn this park, Delicate Arch is the most famous, and it remains remarkably unchanged by wind, water, or controversial climbing attempts. (For now.)

It’s easy to see why the postcard-perfect arch graces Ostamps, quarters, and license plates: Twin sandstone pillars join 65 feet in the air, looming like a chaps-wearing cowboy cut off at the waist. The inner span frames the undulating red expanse of Utah’s desert and the snowy mountains beyond like no other rock formation in the Southwest."

"Imagine that you’ve had a full day at Arches; it’s late in the afternoon, everyone is tired and hungry, and there’s no water in the car.

You’ve seen the Windows, Double Arch, and Devils Garden. You have just 20 minutes remaining in the park, and not enough time, energy, or water to hike the Delicate Arch Trail. You know you could never forgive yourself if you left without seeing Delicate Arch, so what do you do?"

"Certainly an iconic symbol of Utah, Delicate Arch is often the first exposure many people have to the state’s outstanding natural wonders, since it has probably appeared in photographs and other images more than just about any other from the Beehive State."

"A moderately difficult and very heavily used route to the world’s
most famous arch. If you’ve ever seen a postcard or poster of Arches National Park, you’ve probably seen Delicate Arch. This amazing arch has become the symbol of Arches National
Park, which is somewhat surprising because it’s barely visible from the road."

"This 3.4-mile out-and-back hike in Arches National Park is considered a classic and is probably the most popular hike in the park. Delicate Arch sits 1.7 miles from the trailhead and attracts numerous park-goers because of its sheer beauty and the uniqueness of the arch. The hike includes a long section of slickrock hiking in the middle and at the end, which makes for a fun hike.

It may not be the largest, widest, or most remote arch in Utah, but Delicate Arch is arguably one of the most beloved and unforgettable arches in the region. Its shape graces the state’s license plate, and thousands of people of all ages and nationalities make the 3.4-mile round-trip trek to see this remarkable feature each year. If you’re seeking a bit of desert solitude, you might still find it at Delicate Arch very early in the morning, on a weekday, in the off-season. Otherwise, be prepared to share the trail."

"If you have just one day in Arches National Park and time to hike just one trail, then a pilgrimage to Delicate Arch, the landmark symbol for Utah and the desert Southwest, is the must-do hike in the park.

You’ll cross a desert wash, ascend an impressive span of slickrock, and enjoy commanding views along the way. But none of that can prepare you for the surprise that awaits you at the end of the trail as this freestanding geologic masterpiece suddenly appears in majestic splendor."

"This excellent hike takes you up a steep trail to Delicate Arch, Moab’s most famous arch. This excellent 1.5-mile trail, one of Moab’s best hikes, ends at Delicate Arch, an iconic Utah landmark that symbolizes the red-rock canyon country. You may have seen it on postage stamps or Utah license plates, but nothing is like seeing it up close and in person.

This excellent 1.5-mile trail, one of Moab’s best hikes, ends
at Delicate Arch, an iconic Utah landmark that symbolizes the red-rock canyon country. You may have seen it on postage stamps or Utah license plates, but nothing is like seeing it up close and in person. This popular trail is easy to follow, with some sections marked with cairns, and is moderate in difficulty. The uphill trail gains 530 feet, mostly up a sloping slickrock slab with a gradual grade."

"This 3.4-mile out-and-back hike in Arches National Park is considered a classic and is probably the most popular hike in the park. Delicate Arch sits 1.7 miles from the trailhead and attracts numerous park-goers because of its sheer beauty and uniqueness. The hike includes a long section of slickrock hiking in the middle and at the end, which makes for a fun hike.

It may not be the largest, widest, or most remote arch in Utah, but Delicate Arch is arguably one of the most beloved and unforgettable arches in the region. Its shape graces the state’s license plate, and thousands of people of all ages and nationalities make the 3.4-mile round-trip trek to see this remarkable feature each year. If you’re seeking a bit of desert solitude, you might still find it at Delicate Arch—very early in the morning, on a weekday, in the off-season. Otherwise, be prepared to share the trail."

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7/18/2018
You will be surrounded by tons of other people, but it is true that Delicate Arch is a sight to behold as the sun sets. The colors all around begin to magically change. It is a short hike but in order to really enjoy it it's important to bring lots of water and try to hike early in the day or later in the afternoon or evening.
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7/8/2009
This is one of my favorite hikes. Time your hike so you return to your car just before dark. Being at the arch as the sun almost sets is the most spectacular time.
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4/20/2009
An awesome hike. Go Sept - March to avoid people... very beautiful. One of the more amazing things I have ever seen.
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4/1/2009
I have hiked this trail many times. I love it more each time. I don't know why anyone would write anything but the best review for this perfect monument. While there may be little or no solitude here, remember, you are going for the beauty of the arch and the trail, not the people. The best times to go are spring and fall, particularly after a rain because the desert comes alive. I would never suggest to hike it in the summer. It's just tooooo hot!!! If you do go in the summer, do it before 7:00am or after 7:00pm. Don't let the heat get in the way of this stunning experience.
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5/28/2005
First 1/2 mile kind of boring; then the climb up the slick rock with wonderful views begins. Fun reaching Delicate Arch with all the other folks hanging around, wanting to stay as long as possible. Always people there to take your picture under the Arch. Trip back down fast and easy.
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3/30/2004
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3/13/2004
This hike was a very pleasant, and warm, pre-spring experience. There are quite a bit of tourists and visitors, and many without water (we gave a bottle to a dehydrated lady at the top), so make sure to bring plenty even if you do not plan to stay longer than needed. You will likely still be in the sun for several hours.
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10/20/2003
A lot of beautiful scenery in this park and this is one of the best. Although the uphill 1 1/2 mile trail to the site is suitable for any age, be mindful of the heat and know your own ability. And take water !!! The open sandstone attracts and intensifies the heat. Take the time you need, this hike is well worth the effort.
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5/15/2002
This is a moderately-difficult trail. The NPS warns you and they are correct. The trail is mostly uphill and can be rather touchy coming down in the dark after the amazing sunset. Bring a flashlight like I did. A+
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Trail Information

Arches National Park
Nearby City
Arches National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Arches National Park, PO Box 907, Moab, UT 84532; (435) 719-2299; www.nps.gov/arch
Local Contacts
USGS The Windows Section UT; National Geographic Trails Illustrated #211; trail map available at the visitor center
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018