Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Signature Arch for the Park and Best Hike in the park
    This is the most amazing arch and the one you come here to see. It is amazing that it is still standing. As the name implies this arch is delicate and incredibly precarious where it sits. This is a MUST SEE item in the park and one of the only ones that all 16 members of our visited. One thing that accentuates the arch is its setting in the bowl like feature that makes the arch that much more incredible. For Arches the round trip hike is 3.2 miles with over 600 feet of elevation gain which makes it one of the longer and more challenging hikes in Arches NP. In addition the views from the hike are also impressive while you are walking it. However, pay attention because it is easy to loose the trail on this non-descript Hard Pan. The pictures are great, but even they will to not do it justice. This is one hike you MUST DO while you are at Arches.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Margaret L
    Pickerel, Wisconsin97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best part of the Park
    Fantastic to see in person!!! We started with the long hike to the base of this Arch. It was a hike of medium difficulty, but well worth getting up close to this beautiful arch. Take your time getting there, bring lots of water and snacks. Most of all, enjoy the scenery.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa4,608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing hike and view!
    We hiked the Delicate Arch trail before sunset. It was hot, dry and windy. We took water with us, and should have toted more. The reward of seeing delicate arch is totally worth the uphill trek on the slip rock. It is quite steep in parts, but doable for all ages. Follow the marked trail signs. It is a very cool hike and trail. I recommend! The view of the arch is amazing!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland970 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hike but it’s challenging
    Definitely impressive Arch. Most of the NP photos picture this arch. I typically stick to easy hikes, this was moderate, maybe even strenuous. The challenge was mostly all uphill going and the last part of the hike was over narrow ledges. You don’t see the arch until the end of the trail. Bring a lunch to eat at the arch. Check out the old homesteads and old writings on the stone. If you go, go early, west good hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, and let everyone in your group go at their own pace.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 June 2023
  • DontStopExploring
    Winnipeg, Canada1,083 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging
    This hike was definitely challenging only because of the heat and that there was no shade on the trail. While Arches National Park has more than 2,000 stone arches, Delicate Arch stands out as a symbol of the state of Utah and one of the most recognized geological features in the world. The arch, which features an opening 46’ high and 32’ wide, is the largest freestanding arch in the park. We got to the trailhead around 8:30 and found one of the last remaining spots in the lot. It was already 28 degrees. After we changed shoes, slathered on sunscreen, got the pack and poles adjusted and ready, we headed out. The first part of the trail has some up and downs on a sand based trail. With the sun beating down with no shade, it got difficult pretty quick. At about 1/4 of the way up, we had to climb up a very steep slick rock trail. The poles came in handy for me here. Lots of people were already on their way down who probably started the trail at 7am. At the top of the slick rock there was some scrambling and more gentler up and down until we came to the ledge. This is a 4’ wide exposed ledge about 200’ long. Once we came around the corner near the end, we saw the delicate arch and we were at the end of the trail. There was a long line of people wanting their picture taken underneath the arch, but we just stopped for a breather and headed back down. If people are afraid of heights, you can stay as close to the rock wall as possible and don't look down. The ledge is wide enough for people to walk it in both directions at the same time. This is a must-see and do hike.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Richard N
    Stroud, United Kingdom446 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth It!
    Everyone knows it don't they, but it's so incredibly special to round the final corner and see the Arch in all its glory. And of course you've just had a tough one hour plus uphill hike to get there so you're entitled to be pleased with yourself and what you've come to see. Absolutely! The hike up on a hot day is quite demanding with few shady areas. Go prepared - water, hat, sunscreen etc. We saw people going up their in flip flops...! Have a positive mindset and determination to get there. But go at your own speed. We're average fit and it took us over an hour with breathers along the way. I certainly don't think it's dangerous, and the fear of heights thing, for me, is absolute nonsense. At no point are any of the trails so narrow that you worry for your life. Be aware when you do get to the magnificent viewpoint there might be a semi-orderly queue for the ultimate photo shot. Be also aware that some families abuse this privilege massively by having every combination of their entire family up for endless photo opportunities which does test the patience somewhat of those quietly waiting for their turn.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Charlyn73
    Missouri City, Texas136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing hike and the view of the arch was well worth the effort!
    Amazing experience! This is not an easy hike, so come prepared to hike across slick rock and sandy washes. We purposely came in November for the cooler weather and smaller crowds and were not disappointed. We arrived at the trailhead around 7:30 in the morning and there were only a few cars there. While we passed some hikers heading back, we felt like we had the trail practically to ourselves! It was a cool 28 degrees when we started so we layered up, but warmed up quickly as we began to climb. There were a few small groups of people at the arch itself taking in the view and taking pictures, but again lots of room to enjoy your time there. The last part of the slick rock leading up to the arch is kind of a steep slope so not everyone may be willing to walk all the way under the arch, but it was amazing to spend some time quietly sitting up on the nearby boulders and just taking in the view. Well worth the climb!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Timothy Y
    Redwood City, California2,177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite Arch in the Park!
    My favorite arch in the entire park. I did the Devil’s Garden trail last time and saw the arches there. This one was easier difficulty wise. A couple of areas though that would be scary for those scared of heights. Got there around 9am on a Thursday and lot was 40% full. All lots were completely full by the time we finished. This is a hike I would do more than once. 3.2 miles round trip. Walk the extra .1 miles off on the side to see the petroglyphs!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
  • SLPmom
    Oxnard, California443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive, Iconic Sight!
    Step by step I took this hike. It was intense, but so worth it. We went at the end of the day - got to the trail at 545 PM and finished by 730 PM. I was too afraid to go right under the arch, but wow I was so happy with the pics I got.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
  • Pauls_Travel_Tips
    120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early Morning Review for Pictures
    I left the parking lot in the dark. The trail isn't too bad, but it is easy to lose your way a bit that early, though the correct direction seemed logical. I was glad to have my GPS to confirm exactly where the trail was supposed to be, 15 yards or so over. At the top, just before delicate arch, you have to go to the left of what's best described as a short butte. A couple of ladies crab walked to Delicate by going to the right of it, risking falling down a steep hill. The National Park service does not build trails that risky. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend going that early. It takes forever for the sun to hit the arch. Everything else is lit up behind the arch for at least an hour after sunrise (April), except Delicate Arch. The plus side is getting a picture of yourself under the arch without a problem.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2024
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Pasctr65
Greenville, SC23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I did the trail to Delicate Arch. It is a great trail that is varied in what you hike. You start on a path and soon come to walking over slickrock and eventually on a ledge about four feet wide before turning the corner to gaze upon Delicate Arch. If you want to get a little closer you climb over some large rocks. Three miles round trip but with elevation gain.
Written 15 May 2024
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Pauls_Travel_Tips
Seattle120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I left the parking lot in the dark. The trail isn't too bad, but it is easy to lose your way a bit that early, though the correct direction seemed logical. I was glad to have my GPS to confirm exactly where the trail was supposed to be, 15 yards or so over. At the top, just before delicate arch, you have to go to the left of what's best described as a short butte. A couple of ladies crab walked to Delicate by going to the right of it, risking falling down a steep hill. The National Park service does not build trails that risky. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend going that early. It takes forever for the sun to hit the arch. Everything else is lit up behind the arch for at least an hour after sunrise (April), except Delicate Arch. The plus side is getting a picture of yourself under the arch without a problem.
Written 9 April 2024
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SLPmom
Oxnard, CA443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Step by step I took this hike. It was intense, but so worth it. We went at the end of the day - got to the trail at 545 PM and finished by 730 PM. I was too afraid to go right under the arch, but wow I was so happy with the pics I got.
Written 2 April 2024
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Timothy Y
Redwood City, CA2,177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My favorite arch in the entire park. I did the Devil’s Garden trail last time and saw the arches there. This one was easier difficulty wise. A couple of areas though that would be scary for those scared of heights. Got there around 9am on a Thursday and lot was 40% full. All lots were completely full by the time we finished. This is a hike I would do more than once. 3.2 miles round trip. Walk the extra .1 miles off on the side to see the petroglyphs!
Written 29 December 2023
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Charlyn73
Missouri City, TX136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Amazing experience! This is not an easy hike, so come prepared to hike across slick rock and sandy washes. We purposely came in November for the cooler weather and smaller crowds and were not disappointed. We arrived at the trailhead around 7:30 in the morning and there were only a few cars there. While we passed some hikers heading back, we felt like we had the trail practically to ourselves! It was a cool 28 degrees when we started so we layered up, but warmed up quickly as we began to climb. There were a few small groups of people at the arch itself taking in the view and taking pictures, but again lots of room to enjoy your time there. The last part of the slick rock leading up to the arch is kind of a steep slope so not everyone may be willing to walk all the way under the arch, but it was amazing to spend some time quietly sitting up on the nearby boulders and just taking in the view. Well worth the climb!
Written 18 November 2023
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Randy S
Northern Virginia, VA145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
well.....its all uphill to get there...and all downhill to get back to your car. Actually I prefer getting the "up" out of the way first. When you reach that first sandstone rock formation you'll think of a lot of words that cannot be printed. Just take one look at those ants (people) at the top and then put one foot in front of another ...have confidence...take rest breaks and you will make it. After that's out of the way its much easier. September temps in 80s but the sun was sooo strong. Be sure to have sunscreen and water/electrolyte mix. Once there its inspiring. You sit and enjoy and get pics and relax for about an hour before starting back. Being there in the early afternoon on a weekday there were many people at the arch but EVERYONE respected each other and one person or couple at a time would walk under the arch for someone to get their picture. So nice to see. The walk back as mentioned is all downhill. Make sure before or after seeing the arch to take the side trip to see the petroglyphs - pretty incredible.
Written 20 September 2023
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Richard N
Stroud, UK446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Everyone knows it don't they, but it's so incredibly special to round the final corner and see the Arch in all its glory. And of course you've just had a tough one hour plus uphill hike to get there so you're entitled to be pleased with yourself and what you've come to see. Absolutely!

The hike up on a hot day is quite demanding with few shady areas. Go prepared - water, hat, sunscreen etc. We saw people going up their in flip flops...! Have a positive mindset and determination to get there. But go at your own speed. We're average fit and it took us over an hour with breathers along the way.

I certainly don't think it's dangerous, and the fear of heights thing, for me, is absolute nonsense. At no point are any of the trails so narrow that you worry for your life.

Be aware when you do get to the magnificent viewpoint there might be a semi-orderly queue for the ultimate photo shot. Be also aware that some families abuse this privilege massively by having every combination of their entire family up for endless photo opportunities which does test the patience somewhat of those quietly waiting for their turn.
Written 16 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DontStopExploring
Winnipeg, Canada1,083 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This hike was definitely challenging only because of the heat and that there was no shade on the trail.

While Arches National Park has more than 2,000 stone arches, Delicate Arch stands out as a symbol of the state of Utah and one of the most recognized geological features in the world. The arch, which features an opening 46’ high and 32’ wide, is the largest freestanding arch in the park.

We got to the trailhead around 8:30 and found one of the last remaining spots in the lot. It was already 28 degrees. After we changed shoes, slathered on sunscreen, got the pack and poles adjusted and ready, we headed out. The first part of the trail has some up and downs on a sand based trail. With the sun beating down with no shade, it got difficult pretty quick. At about 1/4 of the way up, we had to climb up a very steep slick rock trail. The poles came in handy for me here. Lots of people were already on their way down who probably started the trail at 7am. At the top of the slick rock there was some scrambling and more gentler up and down until we came to the ledge. This is a 4’ wide exposed ledge about 200’ long. Once we came around the corner near the end, we saw the delicate arch and we were at the end of the trail. There was a long line of people wanting their picture taken underneath the arch, but we just stopped for a breather and headed back down. If people are afraid of heights, you can stay as close to the rock wall as possible and don't look down. The ledge is wide enough for people to walk it in both directions at the same time. This is a must-see and do hike.
Written 9 August 2023
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DLP
New Jersey3,579 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Everyone knows delicate Arch, right? It is practically the symbol for Arches NP, so you have to hike to see it. It is a hike for sure….in no way easy and at points not for the faint of heart. My daughter had knee surgery so did not want to do the hike,, so afterwards went to the viewpoint , but even the viewpoint was a half a mile very steep hike. Glad I saw it, but was not more impressed with it than any of the other arches in the park.
Written 28 July 2023
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DC
23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I found this hike to be dangerous and not worth the effort. If you have any fear of heights, this is not the trail for you. It is all uphill, and then when you get almost to the end you must walk around the side of a wall of rock on a 5-6 foot wide ledge. If you fall off the side of the ledge, it is a straight down drop of I don't know how many feet, and you are dead. Once you make it around on the ledge, the top of the trail is still all rock and there is not much room. On your right is a rock wall you need to climb over to access the arch. On your left is a few feet of rock and then the deadly cliff edge. Why no rope or barrier to keep people from dying? Even after you get to the top and over the wall, there is a huge rock "hole" next to the arch. Not sure you could climb out if you fell in. I made it to the wall, took 3 pictures, and left. My husband got all the way up there and had to turn around because there was no way he was walking the ledge. I felt terrible. I had read there was a ledge, but people said they had a fear of heights and were able to do it. I have no idea how. I do not have a fear of heights but even I was extremely nervous walking it and the whole time I was at the top. I can't believe people take their children up there. Insane. My recommendation is to view the arch from one of the viewpoints and not worry about losing your life.
Written 3 July 2023
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