Sand Dune and Skyline Arches

Sand Dune Arch

After the Fiery Furnace, the next stop along Arches Scenic Drive in Arches National Park is a trail to Sand Dune Arch. This easy 0.3 mile round trip trail takes you between huge slits in giant sandstone rocks that give you an immediate escape from the scorching desert sun.

Sand Dune Arch Trail at Arches National Park in Utah

Rock formations along the trail

Sand Dune Arch Trail at Arches National Park in Utah

Rock formations along the trail

Sand Dune Arch Trail at Arches National Park in Utah

A tight spot on the trail

Once you’re between the rocks, the trail turns into a fine sand and leads to Sand Dune Arch. The trail is recommended for kids and I can easily see why.

Sand Dune Arch Trail at Arches National Park in Utah

Sand Dune Arch Trail

Sand Dune Arch Trail at Arches National Park in Utah

Looking down the trail

Sand Dune Arch Trail at Arches National Park in Utah

Another look at the trail

Sand Dune Arch at Arches National Park in Utah

Sand Dune Arch

The trail continues to Broken Arch, which can be seen from afar. It’s 1.3 miles round trip or two miles with the loop. We were running short on time and decided to move onto the next trail.

Broken Arch at Arches National Park in Utah

Broken Arch

 

Skyline Arch

The next stop is Skyline Arch. A 0.4 mile round trip hike leads to the arch, which is easily visible from the road, but is much more impressive up close. I also enjoyed the small secluded section of desert where the arch is located.

Skyline Arch at Arches National Park in Utah

A view of Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch at Arches National Park in Utah

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch at Arches National Park in Utah

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch area at Arches National Park in Utah

The area around Skyline Arch

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