Delicate Arch Arches National Park

Moab, Utah 84532

Delicate Arch Arches National Park

Delicate Arch: Arches National Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Delicate Arch: Arches National Park Reviews

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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

Moab
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Season
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