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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

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Must see · 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. 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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  • It's iconic, and better done on the hike vs. the viewpoint areas. It's worth the visit for sure. Summers can be crowded, but a winter visit was not at all populated and an exceptional experience...  more »
  • Beautiful area . Hike can be a bit strenuous, ensure you have water and proper hiking shoes. Dress accordingly the weather can really take the fun out of this hike.  more »
  • Great hike, not too strenuous. There is one big incline on sandstone that is the hardest it gets. The end result is worth the time.
  • One of the most popular trails in Arches National Park in Utah is the 1.5 mile trail (one way) that will give you an up-close experience with one of the parks most iconic arches, Delicate Arch. The trail is listed as moderate and, with the exposure to the sun, steep rock faces, and some narrow ledges towards the end, it is definitely not an easy trail. The highlight, of course, is Delicate Arch, which is the arch that is depicted on Utah’s license plate.

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