With water bottles filled, Dale, Estelle and their 4 sons (one 13 year old, 9 year old twins and one 3 year old) navigated this wonderful, somewhat strenuous, three mile round trip trail to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Edward Abbey, US environmentalist and author, said of Delicate Arch, “It startled my senses and surprised my mind.” For us this arch, strange and grand, in a setting of swirled eroded rock perched on the edge of a high canyon wall, will be forever in our minds and memory. We urge each reader to see Delicate Arch up close if you are physically able. Stop along the way and look around you. Walk under the arch and sit. Find another spot and sit. Have a snack. Then browse and explore the area, checking the panorama from various locations and from behind rock walls. Watch your footing and use caution as some spots are steep. Someone told us that the hike takes 2-3 hours round trip, but ours took all morning as we lingered at the arch, its beauty captivating us. The people you meet at Delicate Arch all seem to share the same sense of wonder. Tour Utah and visit the Delicate Arch.