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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.

More than you probably want to know:
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:

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  1. Ray Warren Photography 10 months ago | reply

    fantastic shot Dan, I love the light and the inclusion of a person for scale

  2. vsnagek 9 months ago | reply

    Fantastic arches!

  3. bonismarcos 9 months ago | reply

    Bela foto, parabéns.
    Nice photo, congratulations.

  4. kckelleher11 9 months ago | reply

    Wow! Excellent

  5. thor_mark  9 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture! Love the low light feel in your image!

  6. JTBaskinphoto 9 months ago | reply

    amazing shot!!!

    Please consider adding this beautiful image to our group dedicated to national park images:

  7. Hrebi 8 months ago | reply

    Grat ! I love the texture of the arch and the colors

  8. Six Sigma Man 8 months ago | reply

    Stunning photo!!

  9. minnepixel 8 months ago | reply

    I'm going out there next week. Can't wait

  10. chris'pic's51 6 months ago | reply


  11. arbyreed 6 months ago | reply

    Wonderful and somewhat unusual view of this classic arch. Well done!

  12. PeteHuu 6 months ago | reply

    wow, absolute stunning capture Dan

  13. Jeremy B Miller 5 months ago | reply

    Amazing. Really really amazing.

  14. karma (Karen) 5 months ago | reply

    superb composition Dan!!!
    finally saw this first hand back in July - amazing to behold!

  15. rdh in mn 4 months ago | reply

    Love that park!

  16. Blue Falcon Foto 4 months ago | reply

    great angle, nice work!

  17. TresMariasinPie 2 months ago | reply

    This is a fascinating point of view, you could implement the ideal structure in this image. Congratulations to this work.

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