Sand Dune Arch, Sand Dune Arch Trailhead, Arches National Park, Utah

Sand Dune Arch - 0.4 miles

Sand Dune Arch Trailhead

Sand Dune Arch, hidden among tall fins

Sand Dune Arch, hidden among tall fins

Round-Trip Length: 0.4 miles
Start-End Elevation: 5,169' - 5,198'
Elevation Change: +29' net elevation gain
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs Allowed: No
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
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Sand Dune Arch - 0.4 Miles Round-Trip

Sand Dune Arch is aptly named for its location in a sandy slot between two fins. The area's dune-like sand is particularly fine and bears a pinkish-red hue - a clear indication of its entrada sandstone origin.

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The main trail (which also provides access to Broken Arch and Tapestry Arch) crosses a sage and blackbrush flat for .1 mile to a spur for Sand Dune Arch. Bear right and follow the sandy path into a narrow slot between fins to Sand Dune Arch.

The slot's deep sand is an enjoyable spot for children, and the tall fins through which you pass create shade and cooler temperatures. The slot continues a short distance past the arch but soon becomes impassable. Recent vandalism in this area has caused the Park to close access beyond Sand Dune Arch.

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Key GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84

  • N38 45.881 W109 35.013 — Sand Dune Arch Trailhead
  • N38 45.893 W109 34.914 — Sand Dune Arch

Worth Noting

  • Despite its apparent accessibility, climbing on top of Sand Dune Arch is dangerous. Please observe at a safe distance.

  • Blackbrush, a member of the rose family, is named for its branches which turn black with age and when wet. The tips of the branches are usually spiny, and its flowers are small, yellowish and ephemeral.

Directions to Trailhead

The Sand Dune Arch Trailhead is located 16.2 miles north of the main Park Entrance Station.

Contact Information

Arches National Park
PO Box 907
Moab, Utah 84532-0907
Headquarters Phone: 435-719-2100
Fax: 435-719-2305
Phone: 435-719-2299 (recorded information)
Camping Reservation Line: 877-444-6777

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