Those who wish to view Broken and Sand Dune Arches have several options open to them. It is possible to visit each arch individually, or, by making a loop, see both on the same hike. We chose to take the loop because it gave us the longest hiking option.
The Devils Garden campground is the jumping off point for any hike to Broken Arch. We walked across sand dunes and slickrock on our way to this formation. We encountered only one other couple along the trail, and, for the only time in Arches, we saw deer droppings. It looked to us as though we had just missed a wildlife encounter.
The trail passed directly under Broken Arch and soon crossed a broad, flat open area. We wended our way through the low scrub and headed toward what looked like a rock wall. As the trail swung around, we saw that we were approaching a series of fins, and that the trail would take us in between them. Just before we turned into the fins, we encountered the trail from the Sand Dune Arch parking area. Had we not taken the loop hike, we would have approached the arch from this trail.
Sand Dune Arch hides quietly amongst the red rocks just a short distance from the parking lot. The abundance of shade and sand found here make this a pleasant place to linger on a hot day. Sand Dune Arch is so low that it is tempting to climb on top. The Park Service strongly advises against this; the sand does not provide as soft a landing as one might expect!
After emptying the sand from our boots, we headed back toward Broken Arch. The view of this arch on the return trip was just as impressive as it had been heading out. Our hike ended back at the campground, where we refilled our water bottles before heading off again into the desert.