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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

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Delicate Arch is the highlight of the Arches National Park and one of the symbols of the state of Utah. This 20 m (65 ft) tall geological formation is the result of the sandstone erosion. The hike to the arch is about 2.4 km (1.5 miles) long. It's not a difficult trail, but it can get very hot, so bring water bottles. A short trail leads to a viewpoint that allows you to admire the arch and the scenery. The top of the arch is a nesting place for white-throated swift. Use our Arches National Park vacation trip planner to visit Delicate Arch on your trip to Arches National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Of course we had to do this quick hike once we got to Arches, and yes it was gorgeous, but WOW was it busy! There was a line of at least twenty people down by the arch waiting to take pictures. We opt...  more »
  • Spent half a day on this hike - there were quite a number of hikers with young children but frankly they would need to be pretty fit to be able to complete the entire hike (we did not manage to and in...  more »
  • Stunning.... absolutely stunning. The hike is not long but pretty steep across slick rock. There is one spot on a narrow ridge that may scare you if you are afraid of heights. But it is so worth it.  more »
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  • Careful, its crowded and can be dangerous. Photographers screaming at people to get out of the shot, careless youths doing stunts near cliffs, barely enough room to breath and death drops all around. Families should take care to choose a strategic time to visit as to avoid the issues above.
  • Crowded but it's worth it to see the most iconic spot in Utah. Go early to beat the worst of the crowds.
  • Great place, easy hike (if you are fit) if not bring water avoid the heat of the day just because it isn't fun to hike in haha Usually crowded though as long as you take care and don't let yourself or other people make stupid decisions everything will be fine (there are some spots that are dangerous)
  • It was definitely worth the hike to see this amazing landmark. Highly advisable to start as early in the morning as possible to avoid the heat!
  • Great location! Easy to moderate hike, depending on experience. Parking can be limited and the trail can get really crowded during daytime hours. I recommend going early in the morning to avoid crowds.