Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Delicate Arch is approximately 52 ft free standing natural arch, and is the most recognized landmark of Arches National Park, in Moab, Utah. You would see this beautiful arch in Utah's license plates and also in some postage stamps. In 2002 Winter Olympics, the Olympic Torch relay passed through this arch.
The hike to the Delicate Arch is approximately 3 miles round trip and with 500 ft change in elevation. The start of the hike is on a well defined trail, however, about 3/4 of the hike ascends on slickrock.
Rocky Slope to Delicate Arch
Without the rock cairns to follow, it would be more difficult to get to the arch, a GPS would help in the hike to locate where the Arch is.
Completely Exposed Slickrock Trail To Delicate Arch
In the entire length of the hike, the arch is not seen at all. The trail climbs gradually, so this is an easy to moderate hike. The last portion of the trail goes along a rock ledge for about 200 yards.
Rock Ledge Curving towards the Delicate Arch
After curving this rocky ledge, in just a turn, the Delicate Arch comes into view. It's like the tall walls of the rocks just open up to this natural wonder.
Delicate Arch Come into View Right After the Ledge in the Above Picture
Delicate Arch is just one of the many arches in Arches National Park. It is amazing to see many arches in this area. I hope to feature the other arches in one of my future posts.