Delicate Arch

11 reviews #2 hike out of 38 in
3.1 mi
Distance
1 hrs 43 min
Time
terrain
519 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate out and back trail to Delicate Arch, perhaps the most famous attraction in Arches National Park, which also serves as the background image of Utah license plates. The first section of the trail follows cairns on a wide slope of slickrock. Eventually, it follows a moderately wide ledge until it ends in a natural amphitheater aside the arch itself.

This trail goes by the early 1900s Wolfe Ranch near the parking lot, and later the Twisted Doughnut Arch as it nears Delicate Arch.

Read more at the National Park Service

If using the map options through GAIA, the NPS Visitor map is not very accurate on the trail markings. National Map (USGS), Landscape (Maps), NatGeo Trails Illustrated, USGS Topo (CalTopo) and GAIA Topo show the correct trails as they are now.

Getting Started

The trailhead is well marked, but it and the trail may be extremely crowded during peak times and seasons.



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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    This was out to delicate arch. It’s mostly over flat rock with a short section with a drop off near the arch. The arch area is open and it wasn’t very crowded
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    7 months, 3 weeks ago
    A great family hike that is really quite beautiful - was right between easy and medium difficulty and a great way to spend an afternoon!
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    9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Did this trip in April 2016. Had a break in the rainy weather for a great hike with lots of people. Even with the crowds the arches were a site to see.
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    Went Thanksgiving 2018. Wolfe Ranch is neat, and the nearby petroglyphs are worth the look! Quite a climb to the top. A line for selfies at the arch itself, but lots to see on the way.
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    Went during the snow day and had the place to ourselves (at least for a few minutes!). The slickrock (don't let the name fool you!) was still sticky despite the wetness.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    I did this with my boyfriend in the winter, and it was perfect. Clear skies, a light dusting of snow, and not too many people. Really beautiful! Just wish we'd been able to hang out for the stars to come out.
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renneranderson 1 year, 1 month ago
Delicate Arch Trail
Delicate Arch Trail At the top of the trail Martha got one "Awsome". There were 200 yards of narrow cliff side trail that gave some concern. Other points of interest included pictographs and a rancher's cabin. Title: Delicate Arch Trail Date: 9/15/18, 9:39:06 AM MDT Distance: 3.22 mi Time: 02:12:58 Average Speed: 1.5 mph Max Speed: 2.9 mph Ascent: 503.55 ft Min/Max Altitude: 4,270.56 ft, 4,795.49 ft Started: 9/15/18, 9:39:06 AM MDT - (38.73620, -109.52114) Ended: 9/15/18, 11:52:04 AM MDT - (38.73613, -109.52109)
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Ari Deal 1 year, 1 month ago
Delicate Arch
Aftermath rains from Hurricane Rosa, more than the entire year combined. October 10/11 . . (Picture 8 from March, when it was sunny and dry and hot)
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