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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

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Must see · Geologic Formation · Landmark
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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  • This is actually a review for the entire park area. There are o many geographical formations and scenery to see. We went at sunrise and that is a great time to go for many reasons: - less crowds...  more »
  • Delicate Arch is rated as difficult for a reason. But like many others, my husband and I stopped when we needed to and got to Delicate Arch in our own time. Others coming down were offering...  more »
  • Great hike, not too strenuous. There is one big incline on sandstone that is the hardest it gets. The end result is worth the time.
  • One of the most popular trails in Arches National Park in Utah is the 1.5 mile trail (one way) that will give you an up-close experience with one of the parks most iconic arches, Delicate Arch. The trail is listed as moderate and, with the exposure to the sun, steep rock faces, and some narrow ledges towards the end, it is definitely not an easy trail. The highlight, of course, is Delicate Arch, which is the arch that is depicted on Utah’s license plate.

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