[Visual Stimuli.] Delicate Arch

Delicate arch is the most photographed arch. It is the one on Utah's license plate and is probably the most recognized one. There are two places to see it, first, at Delicate Arch viewpoint. This is a short, fairly easy hike, but you don't get very close to the arch. The other way is to take a 1.5 mile hike over slick rock. This lets you get right up to the base of the arch.

Sunset is the best time to see the arch, and one of the most popular times as well. When I was there, there were probably 50 other people sitting along the side of the rocks to watch sunset and take pictures. Fortunately, they were all very considerate and tried to stay out of the way of other peoples photos. At sunset, the rock lights up with an orangish glow. After sunset, you have to make the mile and a half trek back to your car and it will get dark before you get back, so bring a flashlight.

When you are done looking at the pictures, you can go back to the Arches National Park page, or you can continue on to see more arches, or other sights.

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Images Copyright 2003, G. Edward Johnson

Delicate Arch from afar
I took this photo from Delicate Arch viewpoint with a very large zoom lens. You can see how popular this arch is at all times of the day. You can also get a good idea of how large the arch is, do you see the person in a blue shirt standing under it?
Date: September 17, 2003
Location: Delicate Arch Viewpoint, Arches N.P., UT

Frame Arch
Given its name for obvious reasons, you can stand in this arch and get a great view of Delicate Arch
Date: September 19, 2003
Location: Frame Arch, Arches N.P., UT

Delicate arch and rock
Sunset casts a shadow of the arch on a nearby rock.
Date: September 19, 2003
Location: Delicate Arch, Arches N.P., UT

Delicate Arch
The last rays of sunlight give the arch a brillant orange glow. You can see the glow on the cliffs in the distance too.
Date: September 19, 2003
Location: Delicate Arch, Arches N.P., UT

Delicate Arch, late sunset
The sun has set, but still lights up the clouds in the distance, giving the arch a soft glow. This is the end of the show, the only thing left to do is pack up your stuff and start the hike back.
Date: September 19, 2003
Location: Delicate Arch, Arches N.P., UT

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