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Address: Arches National Park, Moab, Arches National Park, UT UT 84532
Phone Number: 435-719-2299
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A world-famous natural sandstone arch.
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Beautiful quick hike

I loved this hike! I am a backpacker and the hike was moderate. The hike is very popular for tourists, so you have to time your trip just right. Next time, I am going in the off... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I loved this hike! I am a backpacker and the hike was moderate. The hike is very popular for tourists, so you have to time your trip just right. Next time, I am going in the off season and at sunset for the best pictures. I say this because I got there around 10 am the weekend before Labor day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

First, all the arches in the park are beautiful and this one is no exception. There are two viewpoints or you can hike there. It's a fairly challenging, but very doable hike - a bit scary if you don't like heights. Sadly, the hike has become too popular for it's own good and the mass of people up at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Go in the early evening or early morning and wear hiking shoes. It's an uphill 1.1 mile trek but will feel like twice that length. Bring water, of course, and spend time relaxing and enjoying the view before heading back. Great spot for a small picnic.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This arch is the most popular one in the park and is known for its beauty. It's a long, hot hike to get to stand under it. There are two much shorter hikes that provide a more distant view of the arch that are just as spectacular. We took the 2nd, or mid length hike and were not disappointed.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

An obvious must do! At 1.7 miles each way and up up up an exposed rock face with no shade, you have to earn this view

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We visited the Arches National Park & it was my first time. I am amazed how this place gives me chills & awe in every site we visited. Bring a lot of water specially during summer & if you are planning to hike the Delicate Arch.

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Lebanon, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Such an iconic site is real. It's so often seen in pictures on ads, tv, articles, etc, that I just smiled when I actually saw it. The hike to the arch, as I understand is a bit long, and we didn't take the time to go TO it. But we hiked the lower view site up onto the relatively flat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Life affirming indeed! Another reviewer had used this term to describe the hike, and I fully agree! Best to do when there aren't a lot of people. We left early morning and arrived at the park before seven am to do the hike. By the time we arrived and finished taking pictures of the arch, the crowd had gotten bigger... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Saw this arch from the overlook to avoid the crowds and we had been hiking all day in the rest of the park. The view from the overlook is ok but if you continue past the overlook on an unmarked trail, about a 1/4 to 1/2 mile, there is a much better view. It is crazy to see the crowds... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Sadly, the experience of Delicate Arch is not about natural beauty or enjoying a short hike through a scenic national park. Instead, it's dominated by throngs of frenzied tourists who are constantly (and very loudly) posing for pictures in front of the arch. It's not just one quick picture per person -- it's like a photoshoot as tourists take pictures... More 

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