Hike and Shoot Delicate Arch

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Distance

3 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Andy Best

Get amazing views and shots of one of Utah's most iconic arches. Stay once the sun goes down for great views of the night sky and the for the crowd to take off.

I headed out to the trailhead because I really wanted to shoot the super moon with the Delicate Arch. It was absolutely fantastic, especially during such a full moon. Everything was bathed in a soft glow, it was like I was on another planet actually. It was amazing to sit in silence and to try to comprehend the power it took to shape the beautiful landscape.

Something to consider...I didn't really need a headlamp, but due to the cliffs everywhere I'd suggest one. Be ready for some crowds, but if you want the place all to yourself stay past sunset and late into the night. Everyone leaves and it's absolutely wonderful!

After you're done, hit up Moab Brewery in town. Get the beer in the can, it's full strength. :)

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Very Tourist Crowded

There were TONS of people all over the trail and waiting to get a picture in the arch. Me and my buddies were just trying to get a nice hike in, but it was hard to enjoy our time with crowds all around us. The hike was easy, just a small uphill hike. Bring water and sunscreen for there is no shade and it's around a 2 mile out and back. I want to return not in tourist season.

πŸ₯ˆ Contributor

over 3 years ago

An Arches NP must

So crowded, but people were surprisingly respectful of waiting there turn and letting photographers get shots without people in the arch.

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πŸ₯‡Top Contributor

almost 4 years ago

Go For Sunrise!

Just did this hike for sunrise and it was breathtaking! I've photographed Delicate Arch before, but sitting there for the sunrise was incredible. Plus it was just me and 10 other people making the area way less crowded than if you were to go during the day!

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4.8/5

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