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“Worth the hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch
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Owner description: A world-famous natural sandstone arch.
Charlotte, Nc
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Worth the hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

When we were in Arches National Park in May of 2012, we ran out of time to do the Delicate Arch hike (3 miles round-trip). Through an unexpected turn of events, we were able to come back in October. So we took the hike.

The hike itself is somewhat strenuous. Not as strenuous as the Fiery Furnace tour, but clearly more so than the walk up to Landscape Arch. First of all, you need to scramble up a large section of slickrock. Not really all that difficult to do if one has some good sneakers or hiking boots (leave the flip-flops at home), but somewhat of an aerobic workout if you're out of shape. Also, there are some paths along ledges that may bother some people who are afraid of heights.

When we got up to Delicate Arch, we were in for a surprise. We had only seen the arch from below, and it always looked like it was rising up out of a flat slickrock area, like out of a mesa. However, the arch is standing on an area with severe drop-offs on both sides. We walked up to the middle of the arch, but were always conscious of the drop-offs on both sides. That said, the arch itself is beautiful. We found that we wanted to stay up there and just admire it. (and also catch our breath).

Families with small children, older couples (like us), as well as everyone in between were there.

Oh, lighting for photos is probably best in the afternoon. I'd say sunset, but then one has to get back down the mountain, and it would probably be dangerous without good lighting. Our attached picture was taken mid-morning.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely!

Visited October 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

This hike is a must! Absolutely beautiful and well worth the sweat! We wanted to go at sunset, but went in the middle of the day when it was very hot outside. I definitely recommend taking water and going in the morning or afternoon to avoid the heat. Due to the height and proximity to the edge, my husband got a little queasy rounding the corner before you view the arch, but it was by far the best arch in the park! Very peaceful up there.

Visited September 2012
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Battlement Mesa, Colorado
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“Worth the hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

The mile and a half hike is strenuous, although we (three 60-somethings in good shape) encountered a young lady running all the way up. Take lots of water/electrolytes, and if you plan on hiking this in warm weather, go early. The view from the top is the best in the park, in my opinion.

Visited September 2012
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Illinois
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“Beautiful! The hike is worth it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

We really enjoyed Delicate Arch. The hike is a little strenuous, but definitely worth it. Be sure to take you time and have plenty of water.
The pictures do not do justice to the arch. When you stand next to the arch and see how huge it is, it is a great experience.

We also liked the windows area, very pretty and an easy walk.

Visited October 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“How is it still standing?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

I can't believe its still standing! I recommend taking the long hike to get up close to it. The view from a far doesn't do it justice.

Visited August 2012
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