delicate arch - arches national park utah
The backside view of Delicate Arch just before sunset. Delicate Arch is a giant 52ft (16m) tall freestanding sandstone arch located in Arches National Park near the town of Moab, Utah. My tourist map said that Delicate Arch was the most recognizable natural landmark in the USA and the most photographed arch in the world.
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This was my first visit to Delicate Arch and I learned a few things: The Delicate Arch ‘Viewpoint’ is different than the Delicate Arch ‘Trailhead’. I made the mistake of climbing 3/4 miles up to the viewpoint only to realize the actual Delicate Arch was off on another cliff . . ugg! I went back to the trailhead and climbed 1.5 miles up to Delicate Arch, not a big distance but it's uphill and kind of tough especially after lugging camera gear around the park all day. I should have left non-essentials in the car like my my big heavy zoom but I was happy to have water and a flash light to help guide me down the dark tail after sunset. Best lesson learned; if you stand in front of the arch too long, expect to get yelled at in 10 different languages by all the photog’ers working that once-in-a-lifetime shot :D
For a good perspective of what the Delicate Arch area looks like, check out this cool 360 degree spherical view: www.3d-exposure.com.