Photographer's Note

Delicate Arch is located in Arches National Park near the town of Moab in Southeastern Utah.It is a spectacular natural arch, and one of the most photographed natural wonders of the world.

Delicate Arch stands alone at an elevation of 4,829 feet above sea-level. It is estimated that it took about 70,000 years for it to be created by frost, water and wind.

Because of the narrow segment on the Arch’s one side, it has the potential to collapse in the geologic future.

Delicate Arch is about 65 feet wide and about 85 feet high. It is formed from the Slickrock and Moab Tongue layers of the Entrada Sandstone.

This arch also has no supporting fins that are visible on most other arches and there is no sign of debris that had fallen or been removed during it creation.

The arch—once known as “Cowboy Chaps,” thanks to its resemblance to the leather leg coverings worn by many a rancher—teeters on the rim of a sandstone bowl with the scenic La Sal Mountains as a backdrop.

This icon of the American Southwest is proudly displayed on most Utah License Plates and on the signs you may see when entering the State; and also remains as one of the most rewarding hikes in the national park ,system, due in part to the reward of seeing the massive span glow a fiery red in the alpenglow of sunset.

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  • Copyright: leila Zebib (Leila-Z) (56)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-08-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-05-06 15:50
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