Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch is a 65-foot (20 m) tall freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. It is the most widely-recognized landmark in Arches National Park and is depicted on Utah license plates and on a postage stamp commemorating Utah’s centennial anniversary of statehood in 1996. The Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics passed through the arch.

The day after I reached the age of 74 I hiked 1.5 miles one-way up to the arch. The elevation gain from the starting point to the arch was 480′ .  Getting up to the arch was quite a challenging  hour and half hike across slick-rock following cairns which are little piles of rocks to mark the way. I felt like Hansel and Gretel.

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5 thoughts on “Delicate Arch”

  1. what an amazing state! this is diffently my fav after TEXAS. thanks for sharing the pics and the information on such a fun place to visit. i will be going back asap and hope you do too.

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