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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. To visit Delicate Arch and get the most from your holiday in Arches National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Arches National Park journey builder .
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  • outside of the usa fairly little is known about the national parks of Utah and in particular arches national park. this is a shame as the arches np and delicate arch hike as one of the highlights are ...  more »
  • I visited this incredible arch in the winter. I’ve never thought it looked like much from down below, but but boy, the hike up is worth it. Having said that, I’ll offer a few tips for winter hiking up...  more »
  • I have hiked to Delicate Arch 4 times in my life, but this was the first time I had done it at sunrise. It was one of my favorite ways to see it. Sunrise at Delicate Arch has way less crowds, great li...  more »
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  • Had a blast, pictures do absolutely no justice. Going back next year. October was a perfect time to go. Great weather and smaller crowds. Some of the trails seem like they would be a parents worst nightmare for a child on their own but safe enough for a sensible adult. Honestly I am surprised there aren't people on duty to make sure no one slides off the side of these rock faces but what an experience it was.
  • The hike here can be rather strenuous, but the payoff at the end, especially during sunset, is breathtaking. Make sure you time it well before sunset, it can take 2 hours on the hike, and be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp as the hike back will almost definitely be in complete darkness, making the trail hard to find. A trail map with GPS can also be useful, or keep an eye out for the little cairn trail markers.
  • Totally worth the 1.5 mile hike up to see the delicate Arch. Depending on the weather it could be pretty warm but going in November the weather was perfect. Such an interesting place highlighting the beauty of nature. Spectacular views once you get up there and at times feels a little dangerous.
  • This is my second visit. First time I visited Delicate Arch was in Summer. As other reviewers already mentioned, there are quite a lots of people. However, my second visit was December 10. There were much less people and temperature was perfect for hiking.
  • Beautiful arch! Worth the dive and hike. Watch out for the trail when you get to the red rock area. I got lost and went off trail. Pay attention to signs and the stacked rocks as a mark for the trail, and you will be fine. Enjoy!

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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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