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Delicate Arch

Grand County, Utah

4.8/5
based on 35 reviews

Details

Distance

3.18 miles

Elevation Gain

554 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

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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Reviews

This is on the Utah plate for good reason. It is wild how something like that has formed naturally. Gets crowded early for sure. One time I camped out of the NP but was able to see the area from a distance and it was packed on a weekday at 630A. Bring lots of water if doing it during the day.

I hiked this at sunset on a Sunday night and the crowds seemed to be much smaller than advertised. It also was 102 degrees the day I hiked, but once the sun started to set it was manageable. Carry enough water and wear performance wear and you should be OK. Its a bucketlist experience for a reason.

The Arch itself is so one of a kind and amazing! the hike to get to it is a good hike, not to strenuous, but a good workout. If you go during the day you will most likely be hiking with quite a few other people, I was afraid it would take away from the experience, but the immaculate arch drowns out the people!

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