- Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Delicate Arch has to be the world's most famous natural arch. The opening beneath the arch is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide, making it the largest free-standing arch in the park, and over the years, it has become the de facto symbol of the state of Utah.
If you'd like to see the arch up close, you can take a 3-mile round-trip trail that climbs 480 feet uphill, passing the Wolfe Ranch cabin and a wall of Ute Indian petroglyphs along the way. Because the trail is not shaded, requires a steady climb and traverses a narrow rock ledge for about 200 yards, the park defines the path as "difficult" and encourages travelers assess their physical fitness before attempting the climb.
Visitors who made the trek highly recommend it, saying it's worth every step. They also advise bringing lots of water. As is the case with other attractions in the park, reviewers recommended getting here early in the morning to avoid the crowds and punishing midday heat.
If you have limited time, you can go to the Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, then walk 100 yards to see the arch from a mile away. Another option is to go to the Upper Viewpoint, then walk about half a mile for a slightly less obstructed view. Access to the Delicate Arch is included in your park admission. You'll find Delicate Arch about 12 miles north of the park entrance. Restrooms are available at Wolfe Ranch. For more information and safety tips, visit the official NPS website.