Broken Arch and Sand Dune Arch

Grand County, Utah

based on 1 reviews



1.5 miles

Elevation Gain

187 ft

Route Type



Added by Tiffany Chow

Enjoy the sunrise at the Broken Arch. One of the lesser known arches, this one is located just south of Devil's Garden, featuring a view of the surrounding lands.

Starting at the Sand Dune Trailhead, there is a trail among the brush, which is pretty well marked. Just after starting, you'll see some fins on your right with a sign indicating the Sand Dune Arch. This is a short 0.2mi spur trail that leads to an arch surrounded by tall fins.

To keep going, follow the sign for Broken Arch. During the early morning, you will see cottontail rabbits, birds, and the occasional snake as they're heading out for food before it gets too hot. Keep walking, and eventually you'll reach a sign that will point you to the campground. Ignore that and turn right, taking the trail to the arch. You should be able to see the arch just after this. The trail goes through the Broken Arch. This part of the trail will require some scrambling to get up to the arch. Stay under the arch to watch the sun rise. The sun will create some gorgeous colors on the arch itself, highlighting the natural reds of the rock of Arches National Park. From here, you have a choice of continuing in a loop to the Devil's Garden Campground or heading back the way you came. 

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Broken Arch and Sand Dune Arch Reviews

Very short trail from parking lot. Definitely worth stopping if you can get a spot. Gives you a taste of what the Fiery Furnace is like if you weren’t able to get the permit.

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