Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch is one of the most iconic landmarks in the state of Utah, if not from the entire National Parks system. Although there is a pull-out where you can look at the arch from far below, no one who can hike should miss seeing the arch up close and personal. 

The hike is only 3 miles out and back but involves a good bit of climbing, especially in the middle stretch. Bring plenty of water since the view from the top is so inspiring you will want to linger. If the weather could be windy, pack layers, winter clothing, and sunglasses. If you're headed up for sunset, pack a flashlight or head lamps so that you can stay up long enough to see the full sunset and even the early stars come out. An added advantage to this approach is that the traffic clearing the park for the night will be gone by the time you head down. 

Both times we went up to delicate arch, the crowds were wild but the winds were mild. We were able to get good views of the arch and were able to briefly get up close to it. If the weather is nice, expect crowds. The sunset crowd was particularly displeased when photographers got in the way of the collective group's shot. 

Pro Tip: The shape of Delicate Arch is iconic but we really enjoyed the photos we got using a fisheye lens. It gave a different perspective on the structure. 

How to get there: After driving 11.7 miles on the park's main road, take a right toward Delicate Arch and Wolfe Ranch. You won't be able to miss the enormous parking lot (a clue to this hike's popularity). Lat: 38.7354731, Long: -109.52081694444445