After hiking to visit the Corona Arch earlier in the day (see previous blog), we headed into Arches NP to visit the Delicate Arch. Since this is one of the most highly visited spots in the area (after all, it’s on all Utah license plates), we thought that maybe since it was later in the afternoon, the crowd would be smaller.
The trail to the Delicate Arch is about a mile and a half one way, all of it up hill. Parts of it are on sand and broken rock, but much of it is a climb up fairly steep sliprock. By the way, it is called sliprock but, since it is mostly sandstone, the rock actually provides very good footing.
For the last quarter mile the trail rises sharply up and winds around a large rock formation. After the long upward hike, you begin to question whether this arch really exists.
But as you round the last bend, you’re treated to one of the most beautiful views in the country.
The crowd was relatively small at the arch so we were able to enjoy the views. The nimble hiker was even able to scramble down under the arch for a kodak moment. This was after she asked the man standing under the arch talking on his cell phone if he could move so she could get a picture.
We found a nice place to sit for a long time and just enjoyed the view.
Wow, what a day! Beautiful skies, warm temperatures, and views of two beautiful arches. But since there are over 2000 arches in Arches NP we still have more adventures in our future. More on that later . . .