The Grand Circle, Moab

Delicate Arch

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Delicate Arch is one of the most iconic natural arches in the world. The arch is made of Entrada Sandstone and stands 52 feet tall and 32 feet wide. The arch is free-standing and is the most famous feature of the park. Hiking to Delicate Arch is a popular activity, and the trail is 3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 480 feet. The trail starts at Wolfe Ranch and winds its way up a slickrock slope before arriving at the overlook for Delicate Arch. You can also hike down to the base of the arch for a closer look.

Delicate Arch is not only a natural wonder, but it is also a symbol of the American Southwest. It has been featured on Utah license plates and was even used as a backdrop for the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics. At sunset, the arch glows a brilliant orange-red color and is a stunning sight to behold.

We recommend visiting is in the early morning or late afternoon when the lighting is optimal and crowds are little.