Sand Dune Arch Trail

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Sand Dune Arch Trail is a 0.4 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 birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
101 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

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...

If it wasn’t windy we would’ve stayed all day!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike and a cool sand area

3 months ago

I liked how hidden it was.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a fun and easy “hike”. Really, not much of a hike, just a short walk out of the parking lot. But get out of the car and check it out. The whole area where the Arch is is cool, kinda hidden.

hiking
3 months ago

Shorter than you think and really crowded. Hard to appreciate the arch because of the incredible sand. Kids loved it.

3 months ago

Bring sand toys. Our kids played here for hours.

hiking
4 months ago

Such a cool place to go and explore.

hiking
4 months ago

Great spot to climb around just past the arch. Lots of sand.

5 months ago

It is very near by do not miss it.

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy hike with a beautiful arch. However, since this is an easy "hike" from the parking lot, expect alot of rude people and kids.

7 months ago

I adore this arch. It is an easy hike through sand. I took my shoes off and enjoyed the feel of the cool sand. It was mostly shaded, which makes it a winner on a hot summer day.

7 months ago

Sweet little trail and cool area around the arch.

hiking
7 months ago

Short easy trail with amazing views between the rock walls. This is a must do at Arches.

8 months ago

Really nice and pretty trail. Not very heavily trafficked and there is shaded bits unlike most hike in the park.

8 months ago

In my opinion, probably the best trail in Arches. Super cool and definitely going back. You need to hike this trail!!!

8 months ago

Nice

8 months ago

Perfect hike for kids

hiking
8 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail. Yes, it's only .2 miles one-way, but the climbing of rocks was by far my favorite part of this short trail. I recommend rock climbing shoes or sturdy hiking boots for a good grip. Lots of brave adults and kids alone enjoyed this trail/climb.

hiking
8 months ago

Does anyone know the best time of the day to see the best colors and when the areas are not in the shade?

hiking
8 months ago

Family favorite - shady, shorter and easy for kids to get to the giant sandbox.

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