Arches National Park, Utah
Amazing Delicate Arch
by Joseph A. Sprince - Photography by Gerald B. Allen
Considered to be the most beautiful free-standing arch in the
world, Delicate Arch is one of the highlights of Arches National Park
in southeast Utah. The beauty of the arch is enhanced by its spectacular
setting. Dazzling colors, sheer cliffs, amazing
rock formations, and for good measure snow-covered mountains in
the background add to the setting's uniqueness. As these pictures
show, the weather conditions and time of day can dramatically alter
the setting's colorations as well as the mood.
Only the courageous visitor will pose for a picture directly
under the arch. The dropoff behind the arch is almost sheer.
The three mile round trip hike to the arch is outstanding. You
have to be in shape as you must ascend a rather steep slickrock
slope. Near the end of the trail there is a "window" in the
rock wall next to the trail. This provides the visitor with an
impressive first peek of Delicate Arch, as shown in the picture on the left.
At right is a photo of the Wolfe Ranch, a 19th century homestead
which is right at the start of the Delicate Arch trail.
Location. Arches National Park is accessed from US-191,
north of Moab, Utah.
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