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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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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

... or early in the morning. We chose the former. The walk is very easy, you hear the crunch of the decomposed sandstone beneath your feet as you walk the relatively flat hike to the arch. Once there, you can relax in the gentle breeze (sometimes windy), and enjoy a bottle of water before you return to the trail head.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

We are in our 20s, not in the best shape but not bad either... This hike was tough! You defiantly need to bring water with you, it is all uphill and very hot. Once you get to the arch, it is worth the trip, but come prepared!

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Illinois
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The hike to Delicate Arch is all uphill. So, be sure to start early own the summer to avoid the heat and bring plenty of water and wear a hat. Also, getting there early you avoid the crowds of people running to take a picture in the arch.

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nj
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10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We did this hike in August with a group of 9 (ages 8-mid 40's). Everyone loved this hike. It is long... We left early in the morning and brought lots of water. We briefly had a peek at the petroglyphs that are right by the beginning of the trail and then started walking up the slick rock. The last section... More

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Mayfield, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is only one of many stone formations in southern Utah, perhaps one of the greatest. There are two paths available to hike. We chose the longer one, the one directly up to the stone arch. It is a long, treacherous walk, not advisable for children or people with heart or respiratory problems, and definitely not a walk to be... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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54 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I only gave it 3 stars because I couldn't see it closer. It's a 3 mile round trip to reach it and from the look out point you see it so tiny -- even with the zoom on my camera. It's one of the most popular spots so be ready for the crowds and limited parking. If you do have... More

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We drove into park before sunrise and started hike at break of dawn. Steep climb at first and had to take a couple breaks to catch breath but if you pace yourself it is fine. Last 2/3 of trail is fairly level and fabulous views no matter where you look. I like this hike also because nowhere along trail do... More

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Midwest
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24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The first half of this hike is uphill, with some of it being on slick rock. Although that section is somewhat tough, once you are past the rock section, the rest of the hike is flat and easy. The Delicate Arch is magnificent in its size and deep red color. It is best to go earlier in the day to... More

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decorah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is the must thing to do in Utah. I am 30 something and did it was 2- 50 somethings and a 6 and 8 year old. Your children must be disaplined as there are dangerous drop offs. But it was easy for my children and they had a great time. Do this trail early in the morning before the... More

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loomis ca
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172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Clearly the best inside the park. If you have time to do only one, do this one. It's about 3 miles. Go early to avoid the heat of the day. Limited rock scrambling, not too steep, and amazing views

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