More Things To Know
- The Wolfe Ranch parking lot, which serves the Delicate Arch Trailhead, has toilets that are open year-round. But no drinking water is available here, so be sure to bring your own.
- Sunrise and sunset are both popular times to visit Delicate Arch. During the busy summer months, sunset can attract hundreds of photographers to capture the warm light on the arch, which gives it a fiery red glow. Sunrise offers a different but still spectacular look as the sun rises behind the arch.
- For photographers, take advantage of the Frame or Twisted Doughnut Arch, a small opening in a rock wall that perfectly frames Delicate Arch. It’s just off the trail and a great photo opportunity. Once you get to the arch, you’ll find that it sits on a large bowl. Take advantage of the multiple views of the arch from various points along the bowl. Walk to the far end for a unique vantage point and excellent pictures.
Arches Devils Garden Primitive Loop
If you take the Primitive Loop Trail and all short spur trails to nearby arches and other features, this becomes the longest maintained trail in Arches National Park. It’s also one of the most spectacular hikes you can take in any national park.
Arches Double O Arch
This trail takes hikers to Double O Arch, a most unusual formation where one arch is on top of another.
Arches Fiery Furnace
The Fiery Furnace isn’t named for its average temperature. Actually, it belies its name and remains fairly cool even in midsummer due to the many shady canyons.
Arches Landscape Arch
The hike to Landscape Arch is akin to the trip to Delicate Arch. It’s one of those must-see features of Arches National Park. This is an easy trail to hike on—flat and double-wide all the way (and usually heavily populated with hikers, so get an early start to avoid crowds).
Arches Windows Primitive Loop
The scenery is sensational on this short hike, but it is very popular. Consider taking this short hike early or late in the day when the crowds are somewhat diminished and you are more likely to find a place to park.