Sand Dune Arch Trail [CLOSED]

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Arches National Park

Sand Dune Arch Trail is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 108 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Sand Dune Arch Trail leads through deep sand to a secluded arch among sandstone fins. Don't miss this stop, good for children. Easy hike from the parking area into a small slot canyon, but you can spend longer to explore the surrounding area. Between the sandstone fins is like a sandy beach leading up to Sand Dune Arch. There are places to explore along the way. To the left just after you go under the arch, there is a small ledge where you can climb up leading behind the arch. Slightly technical and might need help to get up from that spot. On the return to your car consider taking a hike to Broken Arch, about a mile northeast through some open flatland - watch for snakes. Look closely at the arch - the image on the left is maybe an eagle or a raven... and the image on the left might be a dog...

The trail is officially open. Great for the kiddos to get out of the car and have a bit of fun walking through the sand. There is quite a bit more to explore if you keep moving through, but PLEASE stay on trails and do not step on the cryptobiotic soil all around the park.

hiking
14 days ago

This was definitely one of my favorite arches in the park!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite arches in the park and great for kids. I would recommend checking out broken arch too!

hiking
3 months ago

Super short but good trail. Personally I enjoyed the walk with rock walls on both sides more than the actual arch. Def can see why it’s a good one for kids as there’s lots to explore but no cliffs or anything.

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snow
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great place for kids to explore! Lots of caves and little slot canyons and just so fun. The arch is cool too. Just be careful if you hear any rumble sounds, there could be falling rock. We had some small ones sprinkle on us when we were in a cave, didn’t realize what was going on until after, so it was a good reminder to be careful!

4 months ago

Lovely quick and easy trail. Early December meant only one other person there. It's a pretty small and intimate area, not sure I'd be a fan if it was crowded.

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snow
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, cool arch

hiking
6 months ago

This was my favorite. The pink sand was beautiful. I wouldn’t even call it a hike; just get out of your car and walk up, but it was lovely. Great spot for group photos.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Super easy with rewarding arch view that’s up close

hiking
6 months ago

Even grandma can see this one. A for sure stop on your arches tour

hiking
7 months ago

nice Arch to see when the sun is shining

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely little trail.

hiking
9 months ago

We loved this trail! If it’s hot, this is a great way to find relief in the shade or have a picnic meal. This was one of our favorite trails in the park and the kids loved it.

hiking
9 months ago

Great way to get out of the sun/heat of the desert- the kids will love this.

hiking
9 months ago

Wonderful trail for family! Kids will enjoy this one more than any other ones in the park!

hiking
9 months ago

It’s a short and easy hike but it’s funny

hiking
9 months ago

Short. Great bang for your buck trail. Kids would love this. Great place for some shade.

hiking
10 months ago

Short but awesome. Neat terrain

hiking
10 months ago

Easy trail that can be done in flip-flops. Sand was very soft. Whimsical and fun trail with an awesome arch nestled among the rocks. The temperature was 10 degrees or so lower due to the shade from the surrounding rocks.

hiking
10 months ago

Neat little arch.

hiking
10 months ago

Good trail to play around on! And our only picture (without other tourists) under and arch!

hiking
11 months ago

Very cool, and shaded so good for hot days!

hiking
11 months ago

Very short and easy hike. Really cool place!

hiking
11 months ago

Must see arch!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy with kids, in and out.

hiking
11 months ago

Completed 6/5/19. Loved both of these arches. Can get right underneath both. Spectacular photo ops. Sand Dune has a extra freestyle path that goes up for a little bit that is an added bonus. Do these!!

Fri May 31 2019

Probably our favorite hike of the day! The arch was not spectacular but the mini slot canyon was cool and the kids loved playing in the sand.

hiking
Fri May 31 2019

A short little walk to an interesting arch. It's not as imposing as many others, but the area has a nice atmosphere and it's worth the 10 or so minutes it will take you. There were hardly any people around when we came, which was a nice bonus.

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