Sand Dune Arch in Arches National Park is such a fun place to play for all ages! The rock formations are so diverse, that it is a really fun place to explore!
It is fantastic anytime of day because it is largely shaded. Sand Dune Arch is shady, almost all the time so it’s perfect on those hot summer days when the temperature is in the triple digits.
It’s easy enough for toddlers to do with help and they have so much fun playing in the fine red sand!
This is a super short .03 round trip stroll from the parking lot to this amazing soft sand-filled oasis! It really looks like it’s straight out of an Indiana Jones movie or something!
There are also some small little slots around. They don’t go further than a few feet in, but the kids had a great time playing!
Often my kids groan about taking photos, but here they are begging me to take more photos, since there are so many cool spots! There are corners that are like little tiny slot sections, giant boulders and a few petrified trees.
This is such a fun and easy hike for the whole family!
Stats: Distance – 0.3 miles roundtrip
Approximate hiking time – 30 minutes to 2 hours
Elevation gain – 108 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – well maintained trail of sand and rocks
Bathrooms – Nearby the Devil’s Garden Campground
Seasons to hike – Year-Round
Permits needed – $30 per car for 7-day pass to Arches (or National Parks Pass)
Pets allowed – No
Other trails in Arches National Park are Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch and Park Avenue. The Potash Road Petroglyphs and Dinosaur Tracks are nearby. Also check out Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands National Park.