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A world-famous natural sandstone arch.
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Near Moab, Arches National Park, UT 84532
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Based on previous reviews, we arrived 1st thing in the morning! This was worth it! Very few people at the arch which allowed us to get pics under the arch. This was a very strenuous hike but so worth it! We saw many people pause...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Amy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were glad we made a hike to this place early in the morning. Its quite a hike for people of our age, but worth the effort. Literally we saw no one on entire route. The weather was great and the best part of it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Definitely the most distinctive arch we visited at Arches National. It took us about an hour to trek up, nothing really dangerous but some parts where you need to walk along a narrow ridge without handholds which might be problematic for those afraid of heights....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 11, 2019

Delicate arch is beautiful and you shouldn’t miss it. It’s a pretty easy hike with a bit of elevation gain and the setting is amazing. Expect a crowd and don’t be the annoying girl playing pop country music through her speaker equipped fanny pack for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 9, 2019

This arch is the centerpiece to the Utah travel destinations. We have seen it depicted numerous times on TV and photographs. So much in fact that we made it a Bucket List item for ourselves and made our way from the Midwest to see this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

We headed on this 3.0 mile hike around 1:30 pm and arrived at Delicate Arch around 2:45. It takes me a bit longer because I take a lot of photos on the way. I found this trail to be a bit challenging in that you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 1, 2019

I have always been a fan of the National Parks and Arches and the Delicate Arch did not Dissappoint. We went in the begining of October so the heat wasn't intense as it would have been in July. I found the hike to be manageable....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 31, 2018

It's hard to put the beauty of this place into words. The trek is about an hour long with some steep inclines, but it's worth it. The views are stunning, specially during sunset. Be very careful at the arch on the slope. I didn't see...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 29, 2018

Delicate Arch is a gorgeous natural arch that adorns many license plates in Utah. It's a walk to get to, and it can be windy or cold in early spring, but hundreds of little kids knock it out every day. Be prepared - wear sensible...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank johno_slc
Reviewed December 26, 2018

One hour hike is worth it. Even in slippery snow, with no proper shoes. I would love to see it again in the spring or summer.

Date of experience: December 2018
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loneflower1
June 27, 2018|
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Response from Jeremiah Z | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot fills pretty early. I would try to arrive no later than 2-2.5 hrs before sunset to ensure you get a spot. You will not be alone up near the arch. It's amazing how crowded it gets up there.
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Anaka M
May 22, 2018|
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Response from Jeremiah Z | Reviewed this property |
I would say if you're able to carry your toddler for much of the hike, it would be possible. The hike is 3 mi. RT, 480 ft. elev. gain. The hardest stretch is climbing straight up slick rock on the side of a hill for about... More
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fern R
February 5, 2018|
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YES!!! We took our boys in April when they were 3 and 5. It was hot... but with some bribing, they both made it no problem.
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CJT3500
Virginia, USA
2-3 days in Moab (4 Replies)
These few days will be part of an 8-10 loop trip from Salt Lake City. We are planning to arrive in Moab around noon. I'm wondering about priorities and time. How many of these can we reasonably do in 2 1/2 days? We'd like to do several short hikes and maybe one or two moderate hikes (2-3 hrs) each day. I've read about most of the hikes on the NPS site, but would like to have destination experts opinions. Dead Horse State Park - are there "must do" trails there or is the scenic drive with...More
January 25, 2012|
Response fromTumbleweedandCactus|
Spend arrival day in Arches with a sunset hike to Delicate Arch. Spend day two in Canyonlands and Dead Horse. We like hiking Aztec Butte in Canyonlands to see the ancient ruins. Mesa Arch is nice for sunrise if you want to get out there that early (50-60 minute drive, 10 minute hike/walk). Green River Overlook or Dead Horse Point are great for sunset. For day three, do whatever you've missed. One challenge that time of year is sunset does kind of take you out of dinner time so limits your...More
CHICAGO2006
CHICAGO, IL
Itinerary Help (4 Replies)
Hello, I will be in the Colorado / Utah area over the Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately my vist to Arches will be a short visit but I would like to see as much as humanly possible. I will be arriving on Saturday of that weekend around 10ish and will only be able to spend 7 to 8 hours in the park. I am not an avid hiker but I wouldn't be opposed to anywhere from a 2 - 4 mile hike. Would it be possible for me to do the 2-3 hour hike to the Delicate Arch and still be able to see a fair...More
May 08, 2013|
Response fromTumbleweedandCactus|
Good plan advice from OhioHick. By all means take the Colorado River Road on the way in and 191 when leaving as it will be getting dark. A Delicate Arch hike is iconic and worth the time. As noted, plenty of other short hikes such as Park Avenue, Windows, Devil's Garden, etc. On the drive in, get off at the Danish Flats exit and go through the ghost town of Cisco. Drive along the river passes Fisher Towers (nice hike) and other scenic views. There's some nice hikes along that route but...More
AvidTraveler084
New York, NY
Moab Itinerary Thoughts? (12 Replies)
We will be coming to Moab at the end of the month, and here is our tentative itinerary so far: Saturday: Drive from Salt Lake City to Moab (arrive mid-afternoon); Delicate Arch hike at sunset Sunday: Canyonlands Needles (Chesler Loop hike) Monday: Morning Fiery Furnace Tour; back to Moab for lunch and some rest; late afternoon/evening Balanced Rock and Tower Arch hike Tuesday: Sunrise at Dead Horse; Canyonlands Island in the Sky (False Kiva hike, Mesa Arch, Green River Overlook); lunch...More
June 12, 2014|
Response fromTumbleweedandCactus|
Pretty good plan, albeit aggressive at some points. Personally, I would suggest Aztec Butte over False Kiva. Both are somewhat similar times. Aztec Butte is marked and identifiable and you'll get to see at least to ancient ruins sites. False Kiva is unmarked and hard to find and you won't see any ancient ruins. Tower Arch hike is also pretty exposed so keep in mind if temps are high. If weather is good, access road should be fine. But do note that it will be violation of terms of your rental...More