Can I just remind you again how AWESOME Arches National Park is? If you are near Moab, Utah looking for one of the best hikes in Arches National Parks for families, I have you covered. Even if you don’t have children with you, Sand Dune Arch is one of the most fun hikes in Arches. It is only around 0.5 miles roundtrip.
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How To Get To The Sand Dune Arch Trailhead
Finding the parking lot and trailhead for Sand Dune Arch is very easy. As always stop at the Arches Visitor Center for directions, questions, maps, and hiking trail information. Unfortunately, we arrived prior to 7:30 and were unable to stop on our way in.
The parking lot and trailhead is located near the end of the Arches scenic drive road. Drive approximately 5 miles past the Wolfe Ranch/Delicate Arch viewpoint turnoff road and the parking lot will be located on the right-hand side of the road. This is located about two and a half miles past the Fiery Furnace and about a mile prior to the Devil’s Garden section of the park.
Hiking to Sand Dune Arch
I had not seen anything about this hike before arriving at the trailhead. We had completed the Delicate Arch hike earlier in the morning and came upon the trailhead for Sand Dune and Broken Arch. Broken Arch trail appeared to lead through an open area to the Arch in the distance. The spur trail for Sand Dune Arch took off into an opening surrounded by sandstone fins. This is most definitely a hike you want to take if you are in Arches National Park with kids.
On our way in we met a couple of guys that were coming out with no shoes or socks. They warned us that we would probably ditch our shoes. What?
Well… we quickly figured it out. There is SO MUCH sand. Ha… Sand Dune Arch should have been a giveaway! We were completely comfortable leaving our shoes on, but depending on the weather, barefoot is an option. It was still early enough in the morning that the sun was not directly overhead, so the sun reflected beautifully on the walls.
Since we arrived early in the morning before a large number of visitors arrived for the day, the sand was mostly undisturbed. Another benefit to hiking this trail in the early morning is the sun is low in the sky and created beautiful light along the trail. Don’t forget about the cooler temperatures too.
There were so many little narrow areas to explore. Finally, we made it to Sand Dune Arch. Not quite as imposing as Delicate Arch, but still pretty impressive.
Beyond Sand Dune Arch are more areas to explore. The trail does end shortly after the arch, and you are unable to scramble through.
I am so obsessed with the little trees that are growing out of the rocks. Being from the Midwest, I can’t figure out the whole growing without dirt thing?
This is an excellent hike for not only kids but for all ages. I LOVED IT! In my opinion, it is the best family-friendly hike in Arches National Park.
I would recommend putting this on your plan for Arches National Park. The arch may not be the most impressive, but the hike is worth it. Find more hikes in Arches National Park here.