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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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  • While hiking the Mighty Five National Park in Utah we started in Arches. My son and I hiked up to Delicate Arch around sunrise one morning. Admittedly the light is usually better near sunset with... 
    While hiking the Mighty Five National Park in Utah we started in Arches. My son and I hiked up to Delicate Arch around sunrise one morning. Admittedly the light is usually better near sunset with...  more »
  • To get this kind of view of the arch you have to take a longer, sometimes harrowing for those with height anxiety, hike. Or you can view it from a distance taking a different approach (see park map.....  more
    To get this kind of view of the arch you have to take a longer, sometimes harrowing for those with height anxiety, hike. Or you can view it from a distance taking a different approach (see park map.....  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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