Ever wonder what arch is on all of Utah’s license plate? It’s the Delicate Arch. This arch brought the public’s attention to the beauty and diversity of the world of arches in Utah. It is by far the most recognizable arch. Although I’ve seen pictures of the Delicate Arch countless of times, it was still amazing to get to see it in person. If you are in Utah, you cannot miss out on this hike. It will be like visiting New York city without seeing the Statue of Liberty or driving by Los Angeles without seeing the Hollywood Sign. This arch is truly spectacular and it is one of the must do’s for everyone.
Length: 3 miles out and back, 300 elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. The trail is largely flat with one big uphill
Navigation: A lot of people do this trail and you will have no problem finding it using cairns and signage
Trailhead: From the park’s visitor center, you will drive further into the park and make a right toward Delicate Arch viewpoint, the sign is obviously marked. Park at the Delicate Arch trail. There is a restroom at the trailhead.
The hike: The hike is pretty easy as you follow the obviously marked trail passing a historic ranch that was built prior to the existence of the park. You will then walk up a large slid rock. The trail disappear but there are cairns that will guide you to the arch. The hike is easy, a lot of people do it, and it’s spectacular. I loved the hike despite it being extremely hot. This trail is heavily used and you will never find solitude here, but that does not take away all the beauty surrounding this arch.