Delicate Arch Sunset Hike

Delicate Arch is arguably the most famous arch in Utah. It can be found on hats, coffee mugs, t-shirts and jackets in every gift shop in Moab.


My favorite time to visit is ~2 hours before sunset.


The hike from the parking lot takes between 30-60 minutes depending on your fitness level and how excited you are to get to the top. I enjoyed the scenery on my first trip to the arch and it was ~60 minutes. I'm fortunate to have visited here many times and now just hike to the main attraction in under 30 minutes.


Arriving at the main parking lot ~2 hours before sunset affords enough time to hike, enjoy the scenery, and find that "perfect" spot for sunset.


The arch will be busy - it's beautiful and everyone loves the vibrant colors that emerge during the golden hour.


Bring water, snacks and dress for the weather - it can get cool at night.


Insider Tip: bring a flashlight for the hike down and stay for the stars and planets - the crowds leave once the sun sets and you may find yourself with the arch to yourself!


Delicate Arch