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Sand Dune Arch

Sand Dune Arch, Arches NP

Sand Dune Arch, Arches NP

Sand Dune Arch is not nearly as well known as Delicate Arch (you won’t see it on any Utah license plates), but it’s far easier to get to.  It sits between two large sandstone fins at the end of a very short trail.  Walking to it is a lot like walking on a beach, a beach with very fine reddish sand.  And if you visit this little arch in the middle of the afternoon you might see the “glow” effect, where light reflected off the fins give the arch and surrounding sand an orange / red appearance.


2 Responses to “Sand Dune Arch”

  1. E. Brooks

    I’m a little behind in my web visits. What wonderful orange tones in this photo. I can’t get a good sense of scale…about how high is this arch?

    • Paul Maxim

      Yes, the sand is especially orange-ish when the light is right. As to scale, I wish I’d been able to get a good image of someone standing underneath Sand Dune Arch. It’s not very big, actually. The path that you see on the right side of the arch – a path that goes nowhere – is maybe 2 feet wide (at its widest). The arch is probably 8 feet tall at its highest point. It’s not nearly as big as some of its cousins in the park.


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