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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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Charlotte
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Simply spectacular... Take water. Use judgement and caution. Hold small children close. Loved the colors of the rocks and sweeping vistas. Worn jasper trees provide beautiful images for photography.

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Centennial, Colorado
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30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I've been to Delicate Arch a few times and returned again this month for my sister's 50th birthday celebration (yes, she wanted to see the Arch as a bucket list item!) The hike is more strenuous that most folks realize, as evidenced by the number of people who I always see heading up in flip flops or with no water.... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This was a hike with a long steady steep climb on slick rock. They said this was 3 miles round trip but it seemed much longer. Buy it was well worth it when you got to the arch! It was beautiful! The La Sal mountains are a constant backdrop for most of the scenes which gives such contrast. It was... More

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Plainfield, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is the furthest trail to hike so do it early in the morning before it gets really warm and crowded.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Our family chose to drive into Arches National Park and hike the 1.5 mile Delicate Arch trail near sunrise. Ideally we wanted to see sunrise at the arch itself, but that didn't happen. We arrived at the parking area around 8am and we got one of the last "legal" parking spots. (People park all along the roads throughout the day).... More

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San Francisco, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Watching sunset at Delicate Arch was the high light during our one day visit to Arches NP. You must must must see it to fully appreciate the beauty. No photos of mine could do justice to the majestic view and sight of the Arch bathed in the magical lights at sunset. The trail leading to the Arch should be manageable... More

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London
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88 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I heard many stories about this walk in particular (including then that you needed to use chains and walk up an incline of 20%), but they all turned out to be making it out to be more difficult than what it was. The path the start is easy and winds; the 200ft walk along the rock is pretty and the... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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80 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We hiked the 1.5 mile trail to Delicate Arch. That doesn't sound like a long distance, but you have to keep in mind that it's at high elevation, and the air is very hot and dry. You definitely need to bring water, and you will need to take breaks. There is also a ledge at the end you will have... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Parts of the hike are challenging, especially during summer time (I went twice, and winter is much better - although slippery). But the view once up there is more than worth it! Remember to bring enough water for the way up and do not underestimate the way down either.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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145 reviews 145 reviews
52 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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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