Delicate Arch Viewpoint

Delicate Arch perched high above Winter Camp Wash. Arches National Park, Utah

Distance: 0.4 miles (one way)

Type: Out and back

Difficulty: Moderate

Water: No

Kid-friendly: Yes

Dog-friendly: No

The Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail is a moderate 0.4 mile (one-way) hike in Arches National Park that features two different viewpoints for the iconic Delicate Arch. The lower viewpoint is easily accessible and requires only a short walk, and is even wheelchair accessible. The trail to the upper viewpoint climbs a bit more steeply for a better view, and is an easier alternative for those who can’t make the standard Delicate Arch Trail.

Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail Description

From the parking area, head up the well-packed and easily accessible trail to the Lower Viewpoint. From here, you can easily make out Delicate Arch rising in the distance over the nearest rocky ridge. For those proceeding to the Upper Viewpoint, continue up the trail where it will continue to be easy, but will quickly begin gaining elevation. From here, you’ll notice the trail getting steeper and more primitive as it makes its ascent. Rocky steps will ultimately bring you up to the Upper Viewpoint, where Delicate Arch rises beautifully opposite Winter Camp Wash below.

For those wanting a slightly better view, you’re free to continue past the Upper Viewpoint to get to the wash’s rim, but please do not damage any cryptobiotic soil in the process. If you’re not sure what it looks like, be sure to check with a ranger at the Visitor Center for information, since it is found throughout the park. In essence, damaging it can take decades for it to regrow.

Regardless, enjoy the views and head back out the same way you came in!

Delicate Arch and Sandstone Formations
Delicate Arch rising above a ridgeline with nearby sandstone formations. Arches National Park, Utah

Getting There

From the Visitor Center, follow the main road through Arches National Park for 11.5 miles. Turn right onto Delicate Arch Road, then follow that until the road dead-ends at the parking area.

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