Today for Travel Tuesday I am going to share with you another one of Utah's beautiful places. Inside Arches National Park is a beautiful trail that leads you to one of the most famous arches, Delicate Arch.
I have been to this park many times, quite a bit in my childhood and many times as an adult. I don't think I could ever get bored in this beautiful desert playground.
One of my favorite hikes is Delicate Arch, it's got everything. Great trail, with incredible scenery along the entire way.
It's even got Indian Petroglyphs at the very beginning if you want to take a quick side loop trail.
Delicate Arch is classified per the National Park service as a difficult trail. 3.0 miles round trip with about a 480 foot elevation gain.
I actually just visited the park again over the weekend, and made sure to take my camera with me. I probably have hiked this one at least a couple dozen times in my life and it's awesome each time. We didn't get on the trail until a little later in the day, it was about 10am. The temps were about 90 degree's and climbing when we started, so it was a hot one, but well worth it as you will see.
You'll start out on a fairly maintained park trail, easy walking as you head towards the sandstone rock you can see in the distance.
It's here that the majority of all the 480 foot elevation gain slickrock climbing begins.
Climbing the sandstone can be difficult for those out of shape, but can also be a great thigh workout for those who like to power through uphill. I personally recommend a good sturdy hiking shoe, as it will help you keep your foot grip pretty well along the hike course.
Those afraid of heights may have a difficult time along this slickrock section of the trail. But the cliff edge is plenty wide, even for when you have those coming down as others are going up to be side by side. Like I said above, wearing a good sturdy hiking shoe will help both the experienced and inexperienced have good foot holdings even in these sections.
Keep your eyes peeled as you are on the trail, especially along the sandstone wall portions and you'll see this window arch. It's actually easy to climb up the sandstone and stand right up underneath this arch too.
The famous arch itself isn't the only beautiful view to see from the top. Depending on where you are standing you have vast views of all around, clear across towards the Colorado Plateau, La Sal's and even Canyonlands.
The only bad part about it, is this is a popular trail and grabbing a picture without tourists in or around the arch can be hard. Which is why I recommend this hike in the off season. I've done it in January and found the cooler temps a great time to visit. However, it's a year round open park so anytime is a good time.
When you get up on top, if you like to be a dork like I do, you can have fun taking pictures as you relax and enjoy the view before you hike back down. (Ya that is me being goofy:)
Depending on where you stand, you can get some great shots of this arch. One direction you've got the La Sal Mountain range behind it (like in the picture a few shots above.) Others, you have the beautiful sandstone cliffs.
Hiking this in the summer, it can easily go from 90-100+ degree's fast. So even though it's only 3 miles long. Bring plenty of water. This is the dry desert, and there are very few if any portions of shade on this hike, depending on the time of day you climb it.
Yes, you can go up and stand on or around it and have some fun photo opportunities. But be respectful of it, don't carve into it or leave any trace you were there behind.
(Ya that's me again posing for the camera:)
This is a beautiful hike, and like I mentioned above can be great almost any time of year. If you visit Arches, I highly recommend you take the time to visit Delicate Arch.
I am very lucky to live in such an amazing state with so many gorgeous things for the outdoor lover in me to see and do!
Have you been to Utah's, Arches National Park before? Did you hike Delicate Arch? If you haven't, did you just add this to your bucket list?