The short but worthwhile hike to Sand Dune Arch is sure to be a hit with kids. A brief stroll leads to a hidden arch which is nestled in between tall sandstone fins and fully surrounded by soft sand providing hours of fun for kids and adults alike. At just under a half mile round trip with negligible elevation gain this hike is suitable for children and adults of all skill and fitness levels.


The Sand Dune Arch Trail begins on Arches Scenic Drive in Arches National Park (38.764773,-109.583354). To reach the trailhead from Moab, Utah:

  1. Drive north on Highway 191 for approximately 4.0 miles to the entrance of Arches National Park.
  2. Turn right onto Arches Scenic Drive and drive 16.7 miles to the signed Sand Dune Arch parking area on the right.

There is a $25 per vehicle fee to enter Arches National Park.

The Hike

From the parking area, begin hiking east on the Sand Dune/Broken Arch Trail. After 100 yards, turn right at the signed junction for Sand Dune Arch. Continue hiking as the trail passes through narrow passages between towering sandstone fins. After a short climb through a sandy corridor, Sand Dune Arch will be on your right.

This area is a great place to let the kids loose to burn some energy in and around the arch. Be sure to leave the area as you found it by not leaving marks or writing on the walls. As of 2016, parts of the area near the arch have been closed due to this type of vandalism.

Rules & Regulations

  • $25 per vehicle fee required to enter Arches National Park. (Annual and regional passes are available.)
  • No dogs allowed.
  • Pack out all trash.

Special Considerations

  • This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.