We sat perched in a cove, giggling non-stop and filling our glasses with cheap red wine. We could see a group of photographers painting the arch with light and couples nestled in the shadows of the sandstone.
My husband, Matt, and I were here on our last night in Moab in May, with friends we hadn’t seen in over a year. We hiked up after dark, stepping aside for the masses making their way back from watching the sun go down. It was incredible: no headlamps or flashlights, just a camera, a tripod and the light from the Big Moon.
Day or night, any time of year, if you find yourself in Arches NP, hike up to the Delicate Arch. It’s rated as a strenuous hike due to the slickrock and the elevation gain but it’s only 3 miles round trip. It’s worth it, even if you have to take it slow. Bring lots of water and a picnic to enjoy when you get to the top so you can relax and enjoy the view.