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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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  • My wife and I attempted the upper trail to the Delicate Arch and found it quite difficult for people our age (late 60's). My wife couldn't make it to the top, but I made the entire climb and felt...  more »
  • You must visit Delicate Arch if you visit Arches. It is a bit of a hike to get there. It is mostly all uphill on the way there, including a part of the trail that is a steep incline up a smooth rock.....  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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