Place

Broken Arch Trail

A stone arch frames a view of the landscape below
Broken Arch sits high above a pygmy forest of piñon and juniper trees.

NPS/Veronica Verdin

Quick Facts

Hike across grasslands to a stone arch that isn't actually broken -- yet. You can just hike out and back to the arch, make it a loop, or add on a side trip to Sand Dune Arch.

Broken Arch (from Sand Dune Arch Trailhead)

  • Roundtrip Distance: 1.2 mi (1.9 km) 
  • Time: 30-60 minutes 
  • Elevation Change: 59 ft (18 m) 
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accessibility: This trail is not accessible to wheelchairs. 

Broken Arch Loop Trail

  • Roundtrip Distance: 2.3 mi (3.7 km) 
  • Time: 1 hour 

  • Elevation Change: 59 ft (18 m) 

  • Difficulty: Moderate 

  • Hike Description: The loop trail passes beneath Broken Arch and continues to the campground, then returns via a section with moderate scrambling. 
    Just hiking to Broken Arch from the campground is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) roundtrip

  • Accessibility: This trail is not accessible to wheelchairs. 

  • Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Service animals are allowed in national parks. What is a service animal? 
 

Grasslands and quiet trails can be good places to spot wildlife. Many desert animals are good at not being seen. Try sitting still and silently for ten minutes or more. If you do spot wildlife, maintain a respectful distance for your protection and theirs.
 

Arches National Park

Last updated: June 10, 2022