Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Delicate Arch

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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.
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17 comments:

  1. One of my favorite places, love the photos!

    peace,
    mike
    livelife365

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  2. What a beautiful, interesting, and stunning land mark. I told my kids we are definitely going out West to visit sometime.

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  3. I just love the adventurous woman in you, and your stunning photos..

    Also love the new layout/template of your site..You go betchai!!!

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  4. The new colour of your template is much more better.
    Icy BC is right, you are so adventurous to hike all these not easy trails.

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  5. That's where the gps comes handy! Nice pictures Betchai! That's a very magnificent looking arch. Nature's wonders!

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  6. I enjoyed reading about the hike and your great pictures of Delicate Arch. You must have had a wonderful time there.

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  7. What a beautiful place. I envy you for all of the hiking you have done in all of these amazing places.

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  8. Simply stunning images, amazing what the Earth's elements have carved out for us, must be quite a view live and in person.

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  9. Great scenes, each time I visit I get even more motivated to pack up and head west.

    I want to build one :)

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  10. Betchai, the adventure diva! I admire you for taking on the challenge of these uneven trails! Wow! I love the new template! The colors come together and the photos really float out. I am fond of colored backgrounds too.

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  11. Beth, I came back.. I sooo LOVE your header! How you jump at the sight of sunset... beautiful header Beth, it's so YOU! The joys of Simple Life!

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  12. I would love to see that delicate arch in person someday. Beautiful photos, as always.

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  13. I was trying to picture in my mind how big the arch really was. I'm glad the last picture demonstrates it well. I love how it's not seen right up until the very end. The whole thing looks like a fun hike.

    I like your new template. The colors are perfect.

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  14. ms beth another great post (including the photos)

    by the way, blogspot ka na?

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  15. Oh that's what it's called? 'Delicate arch" ... I didn't know that, pretty cool. I've seen such arches in books and movies, never knew they had a name

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  16. I want to have a photo under that arch. It looks delicate indeed. Sobrang ganda! :)

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