A 7-Year-Old’s Hike To Delicate Arch


North American Road Trip:  Day 84

This morning we're in Petrified Forest State Park in Escalante, Utah - and it's cold!  As far as state parks go, this one ranks up there as one of the best.  All we need is a little sun to warm the place up and we'll be in heaven.

My daughter Maggie is taking her first stab at blogging today.  This is her take on our hike to the famous Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.  She carried the camera, took the pics, and put this all together.  Roadschooling at its best.  Enjoy!

Our Hike To Delicate Arch

The one thing I wanted to see while we were in Moab, Utah was Delicate Arch, the one on the Utah license plate.  The hike was going to be about 3 miles long, so we prepared by bringing water, snacks, and sunscreen.

At the beginning of the hike, we saw an old cabin that belonged to John Wesley Wolfe.


Wolfe Family Cabin Delicate Arch

A whole family lived in this cabin. It's just one room with a table and a bed.

Just around the corner from the cabin, we found some petroglyphs.  These are drawings that Native Americans made long ago.


Petroglyphs at delicate arch Utah

This guy on a horse is hunting bighorn sheep. A pretty good drawing!

Petroglyphs at delicate arch Utah

And here's the bighorn sheep. A whole pack of them!

Next, we started our big hike.  It was all uphill in the beginning.  And it's a pretty cool hike when you get to walk along the edge of a mountain!  It took us about 1.5 hours to make it up to the arch.


Arches National Park Hike

We were heading up the hill and Sam started running the other way!

Arches National Park Hike

Here's the trail up. Can you see the little people walking up the rock?

Edges at Delicate Arch National Park

This is the trail right before the arch. It's funny when Daddy freaks out 'cause of the edge!

When we got to the arch it was beautiful!  It is a lot bigger than it is on the license plate, and it was really crowded when we got there.  But still, it was a beautiful sight to see.


Delicate Arch Utah

And here it is . . . Delicate Arch itself!

Crowds at Delicate Arch

It's really crowded! Can you see that?

Delicate Arch Utah

This is me and Sammy eating snacks and looking at the Arch!


So I would really recommend visiting Delicate Arch and I would really love to visit it again too!


Last Stop: Joshua Tree National Park

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'A 7-Year-Old’s Hike To Delicate Arch' have 21 comments

  1. April 7, 2013 @ 5:05 pm Patti

    What a great post and photos, Maggie! I think you have a really great classroom!
    Patti recently posted..Dumpster Diving on the Grand Canyon ~


    • April 9, 2013 @ 4:06 pm Justin Mussler

      Thanks, Patti!

      She does have a great classroom. We're still learning, but i guess that's the point!


  2. April 7, 2013 @ 6:15 pm Cyndi (CBreaze Ontheroad FB page)

    Were any people getting to the top, then jumping off and swinging on their rope? If this is the same place I have read about, it's said to be the biggest swing. There was an accident there recently. :(


    • April 7, 2013 @ 7:19 pm Justin Mussler

      NO WAY! It is probably 70 feet high, and there is NO WAY they would let people do that! I's a National PArk - well protected. But I'd be curious to see where people did that!


    • April 9, 2013 @ 4:07 pm Justin Mussler

      I think it's Corona Arch in Moab. You'd like Moab!


  3. April 7, 2013 @ 7:36 pm Gami mussler

    My dear Maggie, I am so proud of you, you did a great job writing and taking such beautiful pictures! I found everything you wrote to be very interesting., and I have never heard of the delicate arch. It is beautiful! I will never forget I learned about it from you.. Also I don't think I will ever vist there, because I probably would fry up like an egg!!!! " are you laughing"????? I miss you very much and love you all..stay well love your gami xoxox


    • April 8, 2013 @ 9:16 pm Maggie Mussler

      Hi, Gami!

      You might find my post very interesting, but I find your comment very FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I miss you so much!!!!!!



      • April 15, 2013 @ 7:38 am Gami mussler

        Happy Birthday special one, you are and always have been my kindred friend. from the first day you were born and u looked into my eyes. I will leap for joy on this special Maggie day!!!! I love you Amazing Maggie forever, your Gami


  4. April 7, 2013 @ 8:03 pm Nancy

    Maggie, great post about one of my favorite places. I am from Utah but am currently spending 2 weeks in Florida looking for the sun. I'm glad to see that you found some in my home state.

    We have a one year old girl and hope to start full time travel and world schooling with her very soon.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  5. April 8, 2013 @ 9:23 am Rose Townsend

    Very impressive post! Impressive hike too. I was about 12 when I went to Utah and I must admit that I chickened out on the Delicate Arch and stayed back while my Dad and younger sister made the trek. The ledges were a little too much for me! My Dad didn't want to go either and still talks about how scary those drop offs were. You Mussler children are pretty hard core.
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    • April 9, 2013 @ 4:08 pm Justin Mussler

      I was scared silly, Rose! The walk to that arch is tough! I went out there by myself and then came back and said, "I don't want to take the kids out there!"


  6. April 8, 2013 @ 9:35 am Shannon

    Wonderful post and photos! I did that hike about 22 years ago - can't wait to take my kids there someday.
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    • April 9, 2013 @ 4:09 pm Justin Mussler

      It's an awesome hike for kids! Pretty safe and easy until the very end.


  7. April 8, 2013 @ 11:20 am Dr. David Powers

    Great job on the blog Maggie!


  8. April 8, 2013 @ 12:43 pm Sam

    Brilliant blog post! Thanks for sharing. We have been home from our road trip as long as we were gone and I miss being on the road terribly. Especially Utah we LOVED Utah. Gooseberry Mesa was our favorite campspot. Overlooking Zion. If you get the chance, Fruita has a great campsite close to town and next to a dinosaur museum. And the Kokopelli Trails are fun to hike (it's about an hour from Moab). Happy Trails!
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    • April 9, 2013 @ 4:10 pm Justin Mussler

      Gooseberry Mesa? We're going to try that tomorrow! Thanks!


  9. April 12, 2013 @ 6:29 pm Liz Crane Tipton

    Hi Maggie!

    Molly and I just saw your beautiful pictures and your great writing. We are so impressed! The arch looks amazing. Molly says, "I liked the pictures on the rocks. We still play with some of things that you gave us. Thank you!"

    Liz and Molly


  10. April 14, 2013 @ 11:17 pm tripsbylance

    Awesome post. I've been thinking lately how perfect this park would be. Our son is a lively 6 so you give me confidence he could handle it.
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