The Delicate Arch

Moab, UT

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.

Great place to enjoy an energy bar snack

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 . . .

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22 Responses to The Delicate Arch

  1. Lisa says:

    That cracks me up that Pam had to ask the guy to move! Folks can be so oblivious on their cell phones!

  2. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing those amazing photos.

  3. Gay and Joe Taylor says:

    That is one awesome arch! I always get a kick out of your feet shots…way cute!
    You guys sure look happy…

  4. pmbweaver says:

    Another fantastic hike. I like the sandy footing. Makes me feel more secure.

    You can’t go any where to get away from idiots. Why would someone need to talk on the phone there? What a jerk. I love that photo. The snow covered mountains I the back make such a contrast. Awesome.

    Super photo of you two. John caught just the right angle. Good job! Only 1998 more to go.

    • placestheygo says:

      I think we did about five takes to get the “right” angle!! Haha! It is tough to get both of us to approve the shot.

      I have seen many, many arches but the writer isn’t going to include them all. Lucky for you!!!

  5. says:

    Your favorite arch in Arches! We gotta do this one — remember, on our honeymoon we were too late when we started the walk.

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

  6. LuAnn says:

    Wow, what a view with those snow-capped peaks in the distance. Can’t wait to explore Utah.

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, LuAnn, the mts. have been so beautiful. A little rain below the other day, was a snow fall at 11,500 ft. I couldn’t believe how much snow they received when I looked out the window the next morning.

  7. Dave says:

    I have walked up to Delicate Arch three times….and that view at the end is just as good the third time as the first. The first time I did the trail I was not with anyone I knew…just the people along the trail. It was a remarkable feeling, remarkable view, and I could not wait until my kids, two toddlers and one on the way still awaiting for me in the car below, would be able to take the trip with me. About tens years later, that happened, and it was certainly a memorable moment. Current wife and I hope to spend some time there in June, her second trip to Arches, my sixth or seventh time.

    Dave (and Marcia and Bubba and Skruffy)

  8. Ingrid says:

    Awesome….love the photo of Pam under the arch. I can’t wait to revisit Arches 🙂

  9. Erin says:

    Loved all three of the hikes … but there’s something about Delicate Arch that makes it special in my heart. We have photos like yours … sitting at a distance watching everyone else jockeying for photos. Thanks for bringing back great memories. I think we’re going to have to push up our plans to get west … I want to be there now.

    • placestheygo says:

      Erin, it took us two years of fulltiming before we headed west. We had been out here on many motorcycle trips but never stayed in any one place to look around. The west is just such a wonderful place. It is going to be hard to go back east for winter next year. It may be the last time.

      Glad we can help you relive those times.

  10. Upriverdavid says:

    Shorts…Sunshine and smiles…It’s cold and wet up here in Washington. Thanks for your photos to warm me up.

  11. As always great photos. In two years we will be back to the west, for now thank you for taking us to your hikes. It seems that unlike our hikes in AZ there are a lot of hikers there in UT.

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