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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Petroglyphs, old cabins, awesome arches on this Delicate Arch Trail. A couple of steep parts, so wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water because the later it gets in the day, the hotter it ge...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I've had Delicate Arch on the front cover of a National Geographic Book that I had for years that was printed in the 70's It was called The Natural Wonders of the World I think and so this place has a...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Given we went in the middle of July when it is unbelievably hot, we set out early to avoid the heat. Of course, the rainstorm the night before flooded out the road so we had to cancel that plan. After...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    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
  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • May 31, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    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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