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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
(4.8/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited the day after some big storms, so the road to the viewing area was closed due to flooding. The only option to see the Arch was to park in the main parking area and hike the 3 miles RT. It w...  more »
  • Do not panic when you park the car, you only see dots that look like tiny ants, but are people who is climbing toward the Delicate. We are not for nothing, with a few extra pounds, but being hiking shoes, water and Sun hats we made the climb in 55 minutes. The first piece is fairly easy, the slope is not lavish, the difficult is the mountain "smooth", but no one runs behind. There is not a shadow, but it can be very windy. Last piece of 200 meters is not really, but see what's underneath. I suffer a lot of dizziness, but passing attacked the wall I didn't suffer and then all of a sudden he Subtle tick. The descent is a walk really, maybe because there's still adrenaline slopes. They really deserve it, and it's doable. If you take the sunset, make sure you have a good flashlight to get off, the area is completely dark.
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  • One has to drive 12 miles from the visitor centre to the trailhead and then walk another 1+ hour to reach the arch....it was beautiful. It is a place where you can sit in shade for hours and admire th...  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.