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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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  • Involves a bit more walking but worth the effort. Because it's on its own it appears to be bigger than it is. 
  • We were there twice already, taking about an hour along a well-marked path mainly on slick rock. First time we were there for lunch, for the second time in the evening at sunset. The light is ideal in the evening, because the entire arch is immersed by the setting sun in red evening light. Flow back after sunset is no problem, because it stands still for a while, also there a lot of people are on the move, they need to follow just the crowd. You will be there alone, however many people who want to be sure make the monkey under the arch are annoying. A photo without people is difficult!
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  • Had to visit this arch as my son was here last year. It was well worth the climb to get to it and as it was November not that busy so got some good pics. 
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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.