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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

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Delicate Arch is the highlight of the Arches National Park and one of the symbols of the state of Utah. This 20 m (65 ft) tall geological formation is the result of the sandstone erosion. The hike to the arch is about 2.4 km (1.5 miles) long. It's not a difficult trail, but it can get very hot, so bring water bottles. A short trail leads to a viewpoint that allows you to admire the arch and the scenery. The top of the arch is a nesting place for white-throated swift. To visit Delicate Arch and get the most from your holiday in Arches National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Arches National Park journey builder.
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  • Delicate Arch is the most amazing rock feature in the park. How it could protrude/remain be sculpted from the massive slick rock defies imagination. We didn’t hike to it - we hiked to the lower... 
    Delicate Arch is the most amazing rock feature in the park. How it could protrude/remain be sculpted from the massive slick rock defies imagination. We didn’t hike to it - we hiked to the lower...  more »
  • This is must-do hike in Arches National Park. The trail is rated as difficult but anyone in half-decent shape can do it. The first part is steep but then it evens out and is a lovely walk. Very... 
    This is must-do hike in Arches National Park. The trail is rated as difficult but anyone in half-decent shape can do it. The first part is steep but then it evens out and is a lovely walk. Very...  more »
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  • You’ve seen the photos a million times but it really is amazing in person. The hike up to the arch is best done super early in the day, ideally before sunrise (or in winter).
  • Perfect length of hike and the trail and allows for a dramatic reveal for people seeing the arch for the first time. It's exactly like what you see in pictures and on license plates but indescribably beautiful. You haven't really lived in Utah if you haven't been to the arch.

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