Delicate Arch

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Delicate Arch
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA3,891 contributions
Great Arches Of America !!
Nov 2021
Listen up travelers !!! We went in November and the crowds were small, but the temp's were perfect. Dont be deceived by the lateness in the year cause you trade cooler weather for less crowds. The arches are incredible and there are like three trails to get you there. These arches are stupendous and spectacular to say the least. They are overwhelming and must be seen in person.
Written 2 December 2021
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Not so delicate really!
Oct 2021
You have three choices for viewing Delicate Arch: Delicate Arch Trail, Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint and Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint.

Delicate Arch Trail is the most popular, and most difficult, by far.

This trail, three miles roundtrip, has a 480-foot gain in elevation, crosses slick areas and exposes you to heights. Also, there is no shade on this hike; make sure to bring plenty of water. The payoff, of course, is an up-close view of Arches National Park's most famous arch, the one pictured on Utah license plates.

You can also see the arch from Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint (see my review, "Way off in the distance") and from Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint (see my review, "Very little blue sky visible"). My reviews include representative photos of the views from each.

TIPS:

* The deciding factor on which trail to do may be parking. There was a major traffic jam at the Delicate Arch Trail trailhead when we got there but, since we weren't planning to take the three-mile hike, we just drove through the pullout at the right, avoiding the tie-up, and continued down to the viewpoints, where there was plenty of parking.

* Oddly, the most delicate arch I saw in Arches National Park was Landscape Arch (see my review, "See it before it collapses"). By comparison, Delicate Arch looks pretty sturdy!
Written 6 November 2021
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Zemin H
Atlanta, GA199 contributions
Best sunset view
Oct 2021 • Family
Like other reviewers mentioned, schedule your time for the trail, the trail is not easy, prepare plenty of water, reach the arch before sunset, and it will be getting dark quickly after sunset, prepare a headlight if you can for getting back to parking lot.
Written 30 October 2021
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Do S
Pittsburgh, PA105 contributions
Turning the corner to see the grandness of the Delicate Arch was worth the climb!
Oct 2021
The hike to Delicate Arch is challenging but beautiful. Speed is not important as I was able to do it with a knee injury from a previous hike and we went slowly and I used two poles. Anyone can do this (except I would caution you against taking a preschooler who is crying at the very beginning that she doesn't want to hike). The kids I saw scrambling up had a good time. Once you did the initial short climb you get to the large, steep slick rock area. This area is very wide to accommodate the crowds. After this slick rock area there is a narrow path along the cliff just before you turn the corner to see the grandness of the Delicate Arch. We stayed on the rocky overhang just at the top of the hike and did not scramble down further to get pictures under the arch itself as the views were great from up high. Get there early. We arrived to the parking lot around 6:45 and it was half full. It was a drizzly day so the park did not close this day as it did the day before, so when we finished the hike to the arch there were still a few parking spots left. It is hit and miss to get a spot as there are as many people coming off the hike as going on the hike.
Written 8 October 2021
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leroysdog
Winter Park, FL187 contributions
Delicate Arch
Sep 2021 • Friends
Hiked to the Delicate Arch after our trek through the Fiery Furnace. The trip to the arch is pretty straightforward, but the path becomes ever higher. It’s narrow just before the arch. Once you are there, the view is well worth the effort. Amazing scenery.
Written 27 September 2021
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RaleighFrench
Raleigh, NC219 contributions
Moderately difficult
Sep 2021
If you can hike, skip the two viewpoints. The first is full of sedentary people. The second is a harder hike that doesn't bring you very near to the arch. If you can hike, take the trail to the arch itself. It is a really good hike. I am a fit 60 year old man, who doesn't hike all that often. This trail is very doable if you are in decent shape. I even saw some people who looked completely out of shape at the top, so I guess if you take your time, anyone can do it. The part where they say the trail is on a narrow ledge, is not really that narrow. You could easily fit 3 people across. The bad part is the stupid people taking all their selfies at the arch in all sorts of ridiculous poses. Come on people, take one photo and then let the others do their thing.
Written 14 September 2021
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old-man-orange
Orange, CT249 contributions
GREAT PARK !!
Aug 2021
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, great light and no entry fee (although I just got my Lifetime Senior Pass).

Bryce and Zion get most notice in Utah .... but Arches and the entire Moab is a great place to be
Written 5 September 2021
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lucsimsthomas
San Antonio, TX217 contributions
Worth the hike!!
Jul 2021
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 encouragement by saying "take your time -- the arch isn't going anywhere."
It is simply a beautiful arch. There were already a lot of people taking photos in front of it, but it was not overcrowded when we arrived very early on a Sunday morning.
We stayed for almost an hour just taking in the views and taking lots of photos.
Don't let the difficult rating stop you. It is possible to make it even if you are not in the best shape. Bring plenty of water.

Going down was much easier with only a few places where it got kind of difficult.
Written 27 August 2021
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LP
3 contributions
Incredible
Jul 2021 • Family
The Delicate Arch is Incredible. The hike is not easy as expected and a proper footwear and GPS or navigation would help a lot. We lost at night without a GPS and would recommend to hike only during daytime if you’re not the adventurous type of not worrying about getting lost. During summers it’s very hot and plan to hike for an hour with water before sunset for incredible views.
Written 11 July 2021
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rhundt67
Milwaukee, WI337 contributions
Beautiful Piece of Nature
Jun 2021
We got to Delicate Arch mid-day, blazing sun, and after hours of hiking so we decided not to do the more challenging hike that takes you right up to the Arch, but opted for the "easier" hike (LOL). My family also had just done the more challenging hike and said "it wasn't for the faint of heart," and since I'm terrified of heights I went for the "easy" hike for the viewing. Again, lol, this is quite a hike in itself - practically straight up in the blistering sun - bring your water and wear proper hiking shoes for traction. Once we got to the top, out of breath, we were able to view Delicate Arch - cool and wish the hike there would have been easier - I would recommend arriving early and making this your first hike if you want to do the more challenging hike.
Written 4 July 2021
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