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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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Features

Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Reviews

There were TONS of people all over the trail and waiting to get a picture in the arch. Me and my buddies were just trying to get a nice hike in, but it was hard to enjoy our time with crowds all around us. The hike was easy, just a small uphill hike. Bring water and sunscreen for there is no shade and it's around a 2 mile out and back. I want to return not in tourist season.

So crowded, but people were surprisingly respectful of waiting there turn and letting photographers get shots without people in the arch.

Just did this hike for sunrise and it was breathtaking! I've photographed Delicate Arch before, but sitting there for the sunrise was incredible. Plus it was just me and 10 other people making the area way less crowded than if you were to go during the day!

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