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    Delicate Arch Viewpoints and Trail

    by Basaic Updated Apr 26, 2014

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    Lower Viewpoint Trail
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    This is a nice hike! There are two viewpoints for viewing Delicate Arch. The trail to the Upper Viewpoint is .5 miles (.8 kilometers) in length with an elevation change of 200 feet. The lower trail is level and only 100 yards long. This trail is handicapped accessible. You can also opt to take the Delicate Arch Trail from the trailhead by Wolfe Ranch, to the base of the arch. This trail is 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) each way with a 480 foot (146 meter) elevation change and is rated difficult.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Devil's Garden Trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2012

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    Devil's Garden Trail

    The whole Devil's Garden Trail is about 8 miles if you take some of the side trails too and is rated difficult. I only went as far as Landscape Arch.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Skyline Arch Trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2012

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    Skyline Arch Trail
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    The skyline Arch Trail is a .4 mile round trip hike over a rocky surface and is rated moderate. Another nice view.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Take the bikes

    by Combinedefx Written Aug 6, 2003
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    So many to choose from. We had limited time so we chose the Moab Jeep Rim Trail for it's easy chairlift access and novice to intermediate level riding. Riding slickrock for the first time is odd. Traction is odd. The landscape is odd. Everything here is odd.
    The trail was fun for its rollercoaster like terrain. There were just enough technical sections to keep things busy but not too hard. The scenery never stops with views of Moab, the La Salle Mountains, the Colorado River, and even Arches Park across the way. A good time.

    Equipment: Just don't forget sunscreen!

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    Hiking the trails

    by Etoile2B Updated Feb 23, 2005
    Hiking in Arches

    Hiking is one of the main draws in Arches National Park. They offer a variety of marked hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging. Although the park is relatively small in comparison to some of the other National parks in the United States, it’s not feasible to hike it all in one day. If you have a limited amount of time to explore the park I advise driving through and hiking a few of the easy or moderate trails along the way. If you have a couple days hike to Delicate Arch! If you only have a day the hike to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint will suffice.

    Easy Trails
    Balanced Rock
    0.5 km/15 to 30 minutes
    Broken Arch
    2 km/30 to 60 minutes
    Delicate Arch Viewpoint
    100 yards/10 to 15 minutes
    Desert Nature Trail
    0.2 mile/15 to 30 minutes
    Double Arch
    0.5 mile/15 to 30 minutes
    Landscape Arch
    2 miles/30 to 60 minutes
    Sand Dune Arch
    0.4 mile/15 to 30 minutes
    Skyline Arch
    0.4 mile/10 to 20 minutes
    The Windows
    1 mile/30 to 60 minutes

    Moderate Trails
    Park Avenue
    2 miles/30 to 60 minutes
    Tower Arch
    3.4 miles/2 to 3 hours

    Challenging Trails
    Delicate Arch
    3 miles/2 to 3 hours
    Devils Garden Primitive Loop
    11.5 km/3 to 5 hours
    Double O Arch
    4 miles/2 to 3 hours
    Fiery Furnace
    All trails in the Fiery Furnace are unmarked and challenging. If you are unfamiliar with the terrain it is easy to get lost. All hikers wanting to explore the Fiery Furnace must first obtain a pass at the visitors center and watch a video. It is strongly recommended to take a guided hike through the Fiery Furnace (sign up at the visitors center) your first time.

    Equipment: A good pair of shoes, sunscreen and LOTS of water!

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    • Desert
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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