Arches National Park is one of the “Big 5” National Parks in Utah. Located near Moab in the Eastern part of Utah, adjacent to the Colorado River. The park is a geological wonder, containing over 2,000 arches, the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Delicate Arch is one of the most iconic hikes in all of Utah. Heck, it’s even on the Utah license plate! Read on to find out more about the Delicate Arch hike at Arches National Park.


Fast Facts

Location: Near Moab, Utah

Entrance Fee: $30/vehicle

Elevation: 5,653 feet

An Iconic Hike

If there’s one hike to do in Arches National Park, it should be the Delicate Arch. While there are over 2,000 arches in the aptly named Arches National Park, Delicate Arch is its most famous arch. The hike is around 3 miles (1.5 miles there are back) with an elevation gain of 610 feet. While this is a heavily trafficked trail, it is well worth the experience.

The hike begins at the trailhead at Wolfe Ranch. From there, you’ll begin an uphill climb to Delicate Arch. There is a normal trail that is well marked until you get to a steep slickrock slope where you’ll ascend to the top.

We arrived to the trailhead parking lot around 7 pm and made it up to the top in 20 minutes. It was the perfect time to watch the sun start to set over Delicate Arch and emblazon the 46-foot arch. While the sunsets very late in this part of Utah (9:30 pm when we visited in June), make sure to arrive a couple of hours ahead of sunset since the shadows from the mountains will start to cover the arch before actual sunset. We highly recommend hiking Delicate Arch at either sunrise or sunset.

If you don’t want to do the hike, you can drive up to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint and take a short 5 minute walk to see Delicate Arch.


It’s a 1.5 mile mostly uphill hike to Delicate Arch

What to Pack

PLENTY of water. It is very hot and dry at Arches National Park. We packed our Camelbak with around 3L of water. It is recommended that each person brings 1.5L of water.

A camera: You’ll want to capture this memorable moment!

Snacks: Watch the sunset while you refuel with some yum yums! We love RXBAR Nut Butter and Think Bars .

A walking stick to help on the way down (especially for those of you with bad knees).

Sunscreen & a hat: The trail has virtually zero shade. We used Supergoop SPF 50 .