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Delicate Arch Road

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Free

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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In 1898, John Wesley Wolfe settled 100 acres here with his son, where they had a few head of cattle and eked out a living. They lived in a rough cabin for nearly a decade, but in 1906, when Wolfe's daughter, her husband and two kids arrived, she demanded they build a better cabin, one with real windows and wooden floors, which is what remains to this day.

Visitors find it fascinating to peek in the windows and imagine what life was like in the late 1800s. Don't miss the petroglyph panel located near Wolfe Ranch, which is believed to have been drawn by the Ute people and depicts images of people on horseback. Though many were impressed with the preserved state of the cabins and the Ute Indian petroglyphs, they also said a visit here is best enjoyed on your way to the Delicate Arch, and isn't worth the trip unless you're in the area.

You'll find Wolfe Ranch about 13 miles north of the park entrance. Visitors aren't allowed inside the cabin, but you can peer inside the windows. Access to the area is included in park admission. For more information about the history of the cabin, visit the NPS website.

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#1 Landscape Arch

Located in the Devils Garden area, Landscape Arch is North America's longest arch, stretching an amazing 306 feet. To view the arch, you can take an easy, flat 50-minute hike from the Devils Garden trailhead to the arch.

Recent visitors described the hike as "easy" and definitely worth the trek, though they warned the trail can get crowded. They also recommended hiking past the Landscape Arch to the Double O and Partition arches if you have the time and stamina. Both sights are located beyond Landscape Arch and the trails to each are rated moderate to difficult by the NPS.

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