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Delicate Arch

Grand County, Utah

based on 38 reviews



3.18 miles

Elevation Gain

554 ft

Route Type



Added by Andy Best

Bask in amazing views and take amazing shots of one of Utah's most iconic arches. Stay once the sun goes down for an unreal view of the night sky and for the crowds to take off.

I headed out to the trailhead because I really wanted to shoot the super moon with the Delicate Arch. It was absolutely fantastic, especially during such a full moon. Everything was bathed in a soft glow, it was like I was on another planet actually. It was amazing to sit in silence and to try to comprehend the power it took to shape the beautiful landscape.

Something to consider...I didn't really need a headlamp, but due to the cliffs everywhere I'd suggest one. Be ready for some crowds, but if you want the place all to yourself stay past sunset and late into the night. Everyone leaves and it's absolutely wonderful!

After you're done, hit up Moab Brewery in town. Get the beer in the can, it's full strength. :)

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Delicate Arch Reviews

Really crowded but worth it.

I’ve hiked this multiple times and it’s always a great experience. It can be steep and there is a small amount of exposure, but it is still accessible to families with children. I last hiked it over Presidents’ Day weekend and there was some ice, so be prepared for that.

Apr 2021 - Set out at sunrise and got to the arch around 8am. Still crowded. But a very cool site. Did not spend too much time here because of the crowds but glad we did it.

Good hike. Step at times. Bring water and a hat.

The hike can get busy and crowded and there will be a wait to even take a picture. A tip...if you go later in the day the crowds will have lessened and fewer people to get in your shot.

Great hike to the most popular arch in the park. While crowded, the scenery is beautiful, trail is well marked. Be prepped for waiting in a short line for photos at the arch unobstructed. Along the way there are cool petroglyphs to view.

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