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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

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Geologic Formation Landmark
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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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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  • This is an incredible arch to see! I did the hike 10 years ago with my parents. It is a long and tough hike, especially in the heat of the summer. On our most recent trip to the park, we viewed the ar...  more »
  • If one wishes to get under the Delicate Arch, that one must do the hike up. According to husband who did hike, it is strenuous in places, but if a small child can do it, I would say almost anyone can!...  more »
  • Delicate Arch is a beautiful sight. There are three options for seeing it--the lower observation point, the upper observation point, and up close and personal. We did all three. The two observation po...  more »
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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.