Our first view of the Delicate Arch was from the Delicate Arch Viewpoint trail. It's so tiny you may even have to look for it in this first photo. (If there is a photo in my blog that you would like to see larger, just click on the picture for a larger view.) I immediately realized this was not the trail I expected and I wanted to hike up to the arch and I didn't want to settle for this far away view of it.
Zoomed in view of the arch. You can see people all over the place under it now.
There were tons of people at the park since it was a holiday, but the nice thing is you can always find someone to take a family photo. Here you can see the arch directly above Savanna's head.
Next we started the real Delicate Arch hike. The park information brochure says it will take 2-3 hours and to bring 2 quarts of water per person. We did the hike in 1 hour. Thank goodness we were acclimated and used to hiking steep trails. The elevation gain was 480 feet and 3 miles round trip.
A look here at Savanna will give you an idea of how steep the walk up this huge rock was. The rocks around Moab are not slippery at all and you can have such great traction in the right shoes, very unlike the trails we are used to in the San Juan Mountains with loose and deteriorating rocks.
Looking back down the trail toward the parking lot.
Nearing the top of the trail there is a very narrow ledge with quite a drop-off. See the two people on the right? Just around that corner you can finally see the Delicate Arch.
One more view of the steep ledge part of the trail.
Finally we're at the Delicate Arch!!!
A zoomed in view with the La Sal Mountains in the background.