Delicate Arch, Photo Gallery, Arches National Park, Utah
Arches National Park
Delicate Arch is perched high above the desert floor, framed by the distant La Sal Mountains and fronted by lengthy waves of colorful slickrock. While this iconic formation is the trail's main attraction, the hike also features a nearby panel of Ute petroglyphs and the abandoned ranch of frontiersman John Wesley Wolfe en route to the arch.
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Cairns lead the way across a steep slickrock expanse
Looking north upon rolling sandstone formations
Intricately carved entrada sandstone formations north of Delicate Arch
Large snowfalls are uncommon in Arches, but even small amounts can make travel over slickrock very difficult
Side view of Delicate Arch - appearing as a spire in the center of this photo
The final approach to Delicate Arch crosses a narrow ledge blasted from sandstone with steep drop-offs; winter travel can be a little precarious!
Delicate Arch is framed to the east by the La Sal Mountains, which run 18 miles N-S with three main peak clusters separated by long, thin saddles
Water expands as it freezes, placing pressure on surrounding rock; soft rock - like sandstone - is particularly vulnerable
Delicate Arch framed by the La Sal Mountains in the distance