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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. To visit Delicate Arch and get the most from your holiday in Arches National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Arches National Park journey builder .
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  • Delicate Arch can be viewed at many vantage points throughout the park but there is nothing like getting up close and personal! Be aware that it isn't an easy hike, especially if it is hot. If you are...  more »
  • The easiest way to see Delicate Arch is from the overlook points. The Lower Trail is only 100 yards from the parking lot while Upper Trail is 0.5 mile (0.8 km) away with 200 ft (61 m) change in elevat...  more »
  • We chose to move up walking, it's good to do. It comes some long steep but by enjoying the scenic views are you so above. Over the weekend it was what pressure above at the Arche, everyone wanted under the Arche. With some patience we have a nice picture.
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  • Most unbelievable thing iv ever seen, went there when I visited my long time Ohio best friend in Utah, I'll never forget it. HIGHLY Recommend
  • If you only do one hike at Arches, you must hike to the Delicate Arch! I could not believe how large it is up close! Very worthwhile.
  • It's not very often that something as widely known as this arch can live up to the hype we have placed on it. This one does. An absolutely stunning arch. Even the hike in is the perfect hike. Right length, gorgeous views, lots of sights, just spectacular. It is a decent hike in, so be sure you're ready for that. There is some exposure, both on the trail, and at the arch. It can get really busy, so get here very early.
  • 1.5 mile hike one way up hill but it was well worth it! Bring water and a snack as it can be pretty brutal, especially in hot weather.
  • Worth the hike up for sure. We went at 8 am and there was parking and it wasn't too crowded. Everything we read was that it was almost straight up and would take 2-3 hours roundtrip and the trail up was an advanced trail. I'd say it's more on the moderate side and roundtrip (factoring in 20 mins taking pictures) was closer to 1.5 hours. Delicate Arch is something you need to see first hand to believe it. Pictures don't do it justice.

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Where to stay in Arches National Park

Arches National Park provides camping at the Devils Garden Campground, but most visitors opt to stay in the town of Moab south of the park. You'll find every type of accommodation here, including economy motels, small inns with a rustic Southwest vibe, bed and breakfasts, lodges, and campgrounds. Moab's economy largely revolves around park visitors, so you'll find plenty of restaurants, supermarkets, and various services here. A few publicly operated campgrounds line Route 128 on the park's eastern edge, and a few more accommodations sit on Route 191 off the park's western border.
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