We headed to Arches this morning to hike Delicate Arch which is probably the most famous Arch in all of Arches. It is so famous that it is on the Utah license plate. It was a 3 mile hike round trip.
That is us standing under the arch. We are hard to see because the arch is so much bigger than you would think. Many people make the hike to Delicate Arch and when you see it, it takes your breath away. It is such a unique thing because there are huge rocks and boulders all around and this arch stands alone in the middle of it all- such a marvelous mystery.
Beyond Delicate Arch itself, there were so many cool moments along the way with rocks to climb for the boys as well. So far, this has been the busiest hike we have seen. There was not one moment on this hike where it was just the six of us. We loved the hike, but we love it more when there aren't always others around us.
After Delicate Arch, we went to hike the Windows Section of Arches which was also crawling with people. Arches is the second most visited National Park in Utah with over 1.6 million visitors. They are doing road construction in here as well, so there is even less areas for people to spread out. In addition to that, the hikes are much shorter here than they are at Canyonlands. The Windows hike was 1 mile to see both the norther window, the southern window and Turret Arch.
After lunch, mom, the boys and I climbed up the second arch of Double Arch. It was a little bit more treacherous than it looks because the back side was a complete drop off and the ledge to sit on was not very thick. We were more nervous when the guy who went up in front of us did it with an infant on his shoulders and holding the hand of his toddler.
You can see how big the opening is in the picture below and we are on the right side of it.