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Delicate Arch

A short hike in Arches National Park to Utah's most recognizable arch
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Your trip to Arches National Park is not complete without first taking a trip to visit Delicate Arch. You will likely recognize... more »

Tips:  You can park in the parking lot at Wolfe Ranch, Just a little ways off the Arches Entrance Road (the only main road in all of Arches... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking and Trailhead

The trail starts with only slight elevation gains for the first 0.5 miles until you reach a large slab of slickrock, where you will gain most of the elevation for this hike (be careful if you visit during a rare rainstorm, as you will likely learn why it is called “slickrock”).

2. Climbing the Slickrock Slab

The trail is marked with cairns pretty thoroughly, but if you get lost look for other hikers or just head uphill, where you will likely meet up with the trail or have a better view of it from above.

3. On top of the Slickrock

Once you reach the top of the slick rock you will have a nice view of the La Sal Mountains, which are usually snowcapped even in the middle of summer. As you near Delicate Arch, the trail will drop off steeply to the left, with a sheer wall on your right. Don’t worry; the trail is at least 3 feet wide in most places, just don’t let the expansive... More

4. Delicate Arch

Finally all your hard work has paid off when Delicate Arch seems to emerge from its hidden natural amphitheatre. This natural arch stands 52ft tall, and isn’t as delicate as its name implies, so walk around and wait in line to get your picture taking while standing underneath.

After you have had your fill, head back the way you came; it’s all... More