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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This is the most iconic image of Utah and well worth the hike. It is not an easy hike, however. It is not long, but the way there is an ascent and with full exposure to the sun. It never ceases to.... more »
Delicate Arch can be viewed either up close via the trail or from a viewing area quite aways distant. It is stunning either way. If you take the mile or so hike have plenty of water in the summer! 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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