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"Delicate Arch" Delicate Arch Tip by GuthrieColin

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park: 34 reviews and 72 photos

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Delicate Arch is the most noticeable feature in the park. It adorns the Utah state license plate and countless other souvenirs of Utah. Allow 2 to 3 hours for the hike which is 3 miles (4.8 km) roundtrip and ascends 480 feet (146 m).
The trail follows a potentially slippery slab of rock for a large portion of the hike while ascending 480 feet, so be careful during wet conditions. In the parking lot it also warn you that you should carry one quart of water per person as the temperature in Arches National Park often exceeds 110 F (43 C) in the summer. The trail has only a few spotted trees along the way so shade will not be easy to find.
The arch is quite massive when standing at its base. The opening is 46 feet (14 m) tall and 32 feet (10 m) wide with some parts of its legs appearing to be 6 feet in diameter or less. It is easily the most recognizable arch in the park but takes a long hike to reach it.
Their is however a veiwpoint from across the valley. I did not have enough time to see the arch from that particular viewpoint but I can not believe it would beat standing right at its base and touching it.

Address: Arches National Park, Arches National Park
Directions: 11 miles after the visitors Center their is a road that is well labled for Delicate Arch. Take that for one mile to the parking lot and hike the additional 1.5 miles.
Phone: +1 435-719-2299

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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