Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch Trail

The Sand Dune and Broken Arch Trail is a 2.4 mile loop that has a trailhead along the main road and also in the Devil's Garden Campground in Arches National Park.

I started at the trailhead that is along the main road. Only a few steps along the trail is a side trail to Sand Dune Arch. The trail passes between some rock fins and goes up a narrow canyon with a loose sand floor.

The Sand Dune Arch is a small one, close to the ground and hidden from view by all the surrounding rock.

The trail continues across a brushy flat area for about 0.5 miles to Broken Arch. This arch is visible in the distance
The trail continues under and through Broken arch. The notch at the top gives the rock the appearance of being broken. Quite a few people from the campground were lounging here, enjoying the mild spring weather.
A little further on there is a side trail to Tapestry Arch. This one surprised me, as it's not mentioned on the park map or on the sign at the trail head.

Back on the main trail, the route enters the Devils Garden Campground and then loops back to the main road trail head. passing over a slickrock area and between more rock fins. It took me about 1:30 to cover this trail. Part of the way you have to walk in loose sand, making the going a little harder.

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