Unprepared at Delicate Arch

For some reason, I insisted on seeing Delicate Arch.

“It’s only, like, three miles I said.”

“It won’t be that bad.”  HA!  Good one, me.  Good one.

Spoiler alert: It’s worse than you think.  Not baad enough to not do it, but go in prepared.  Bring water.  Maybe a snack.  Yes, bring a snack.


There’s quite a few arches to choose from and I was set on seeing Delicate Arch, so see Delicate Arch we did.  After an early morning start, we started the not so tough hike, then all of a sudden we were on this huge, flat rock for what felt like two hours.

I have no idea how long it actually took.  Too long.  But, like everything else I shouldn’t complain about, it was totally worth it.  I might even do it again.  Maybe.  IMG_9327V2_IMG_9296

This was the main hike we did at Arches.  I think after this, we weren’t too focused on seeing more Arches, but more on food, because, well, food.  I would love to go back and explore more of it though, maybe go a little more prepared.

Some hikes require specific permits, which I did not have.  Nor was I prepared for.  I should work on that.V2_IMG_5378

See?  Totally worth it.

Tips for hiking to Delicate Arch:

  • Go early in the morning or later afternoon.  The heat won’t be as bad.
  • Bring lots of water.
  • Bring snacks.
  • Wear tennis shoes or Chacos.
  • Give yourself 2-4 hours so you don’t have to rush and can spend time at the end.

Have you been to Arches?  Which ones did you see?  What id you think of it?  Do you want to go?


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