9. DELICATE ARCH
Delicate Arch is one of the most famous geologic structures in the world. You undoubtedly will have seen it in numerous pictures and license plates.
It may not look like it in photos, but Delicate Arch is huge with the opening below the arch measuring 46 feet. This is the largest free-standing arch in the Park.
The only way to get close to Delicate Arch is to hike in. The hike is a 3-mile round trip with nearly a 500-foot elevation gain. The Park Service describes this as a ‘difficult’ hike primarily due to some steep climbs over slick rock formations in the middle section. For most people this is a 2 to 3 hour hike.
The best time to photograph the arch is at sunset. At the end of the day, the warm light from the setting sun illuminates Delicate Arch, casting it in a warm glow. This makes the arch look fiery red during sunset.
Sunset is a popular time to visit Delicate Arch so it can be crowded, especially during the summer months.