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Delicate Arch

Arches National Park, UT
435-719-2299
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Hiking
Description: A world-famous natural sandstone arch.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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125 reviews 125 reviews
50 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The hike to Delicate Arch is rated an easy/moderate 1.5 miles. I think it's a little farther than that and the elevation gain makes it NECESSARY for you to bring water (at least a liter to be safe). The payoff is worth it though. Beautiful, up close views of the arch and surrounding area. The last part of the hike... More

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Rochester, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

A bit of a challenging uphill walk but well worth the effort. Plan to spend some time there so you can take in this special place.

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Toledo, Washington
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81 reviews 81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Cool that they have a look out point so you can still see the Delicate Arch if you cant make the difficult hike. It was in the 90s when we were here, and we were not ready to make the hike to the arch. We enjoyed we could still get a peek from a distance.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

You can drive your car to a lot several hundred yards from the arch. There are 2 trails, one easy to moderate that takes you to a good vantage point but not to the arch. The second trail is much more tough but you go all the way. There are plenty of other arches if you don't want either hike... More

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Idaho
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

2 options: Forked to either 3-mile hike or 500 ft. Not handicapped accessible! Can see 500ft just as good as hiking the rough trail.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
38 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Ok, so its a cliche - delicate arch for sunset with the rest of the pap. But its just something you have to do - ok, you wont get the place to yourself and you'll definitely get heckled by annoyed "professional" photographers who are after the perfect personless shot, but the atmosphere is generally good and nothing prepares you for... More

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Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We had to conquer this hike in the morning instead of afternoon due to the flash flooding spoiling our plans. So glad the water drained and road cleared so we could have this experience. The climb up the rock was strenuous but you just have to take your time. I hate ledges but the last trek is wide and you... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
17 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

On our first trip to Arches a few years ago we didn't get to see Delicate Arch up close, so we made a point of hiking up there this year to make up for it. I must say it's really worth the hike, wich isn't very difficult by the way. My advice is to go early in the morning so... More

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The hike is fairly strenuous but the result is worth it. The problem with all the arches is that people insist on standing in them to have there photo taken. They then swap places before another couple decide the stand there. It's OK at the Grand Canyon, but it is frustrating if you want to get an uncluttered photo of... More

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Victoria, Canada
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204 reviews 204 reviews
114 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is not an easy hike. With us being from sea level, the altitude made it more challenging and on top of that we went at the hottest time of the day. We are used to hiking many trails and took this one more lightly than we should have. There is virtually no shade and a lot of up and... More

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