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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Categories: Geologic Formations, Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 1,100+ 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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  • I thought my sister was crazy when she said I could hike up to see the arch up close. I took several breaks but made it to the top and it was well worth it. 
  • She wins but what a surprise despite all the pictures, despite the lack of sunshine that day there not to miss this hike to the foot of delicate arch view and beauty to the rv
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  • I have to say I am overweight unfit, and nearly 60 but I am so glad I made the effort to get to delicate arch. We visited Arches about 10 years age and regretted not seeing the arch close up, since th...  read more »
  • 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.
  • It's probably a great view if you can make it to the end, but we couldn't make it. We had an infant, a 2-, a 3-, a 7- and a 10-year old and we made it about 3/4 of the way before the 2 youngest started overheating and showing signs of exhaustion. It would have been been fine if it was just the adults, and maybe the oldest kid, but it was way too much for the little ones and at 100 degrees and almost no shade, it was HOT. If you have small kids, I would not recommend the hike. Instead, drive on to the view points and do that instead-that is easy enough for anyone. If you do try the hike, take LOTS of water (they say 2L per person).
  • If you only do one hike in this park, you must see this arch. Yes, it is hot. Yes, a lot of it is uphill. Get out of your car, bring your water and get to it and be prepared to be awed. After you get there, go over the wall and walk down to the arch itself and take a picture under it. You will look like an ant underneath it. Love it!!!
  • It *is* bigger in life than on the license plates! If you are in southern Utah, you must go see the arch. The hike is 3 miles total. Bring a lot of water or Powerade. You will need it. If you go early in the morning or at dusk the hike is better. At dusk, though, it might be too dark for pictures, and you need flashlights to come down. I saw little kids hiking it, but it is not super easy. Having water and sunscreen is important. Towards the top there is a small section with shade. Otherwise it is full sun. But, it is worth it!
  • I really impressed about this one... This is one of the best landmark in Utah
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