Delicate Arch Trail

NileGuide Expert Says:

A classic landmark that you should see if you can.

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Arches National Park
Moab, UT 84532

NileGuide Expert tip:

In the summer, bring a hat and plenty of water.


This trail leads to Delicate Arch, the signature landmark of Arches National Park. Three miles long with an elevation gain of 480 feet, the hike to Delicate Arch can be hiked all-year round. Don't be fooled by mere statistics into thinking this is an easy hike. While the elevation gain may seem small, it is concentrated in one final push up the slickrock ridge. Also completely unshaded, it can knock your socks off if you attempt it on a hot, sunny day. Bring abundant water, a sun-hat, camera, and a hearty constitution if you start midday in the summer! (Actually, we recommend you go early in the morning or to catch the sunset if possible during the hot months.) Absolutely worth every step, however; definitely make sure you see this iconic landmark if you can.

The trail leads you past Wolfe Ranch's Native American rock art panel
Pit toilets are available at the trailhead but there is no water, so bring your own. This hike can be finished in two hours, so it is a perfect outing to pair with another hike or trip.

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