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Broken Arch – Arches National Park, Utah
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Overview
Location

Arches National Park – near Moab, Utah

Sights

Broken Arch

Distance

1.24 miles round trip.

Parking Lot Elevation

5192 ft

Summit Elevation

5162 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

30 ft

Time Required

1+ hour

Pets

Not allowed

Fees

Yes, there are entrance fees for Arches National Park

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Very little shade on this hike

Trail Condition

Trail mostly be on dirt and sand. It is about 1.24 miles round trip.

Restrooms

Yes, at Delicate Arch or Devils Garden trailheads

Visitor Center

Yes, near park entrance

Camping

Yes, in designated camping areas only. There are camping fees involved

Food

Bring snacks

Equipment

Hat, sunglasses, good hiking shoes, bag for food and water

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 38° 45.885’N, 109° 35.001’W
Broken Arch: 38° 46.291’N, 109° 34.663’W

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The Trail:

Broken Arch Trail

Broken Arch Trail – you can see Broken Arch in the background

Broken Arch, which actually isn’t broken, is a great little hike for everyone to enjoy.  You can even see Broken Arch from the parking lot.

The parking lot is the same for Sand Dune Arch so if you have an extra half hour and want to see another amazing arch go see it.

The trail is very flat, in fact you will be losing about 30 feet overall by the time you reach Broken Arch at the end of the .62 miles.  The trail winds around a small valley that is very picturesque.


There are many sandstone fins in the area

There are many sandstone fins in the area

The trail hugs the east side of the valley for a few hundred feet and then it drifts to the west side of the valley.   You can see Broken Arch even from far away still.


Broken Arch - front view

Broken Arch – front view

Despite its name, Broken Arch is not broken in the sense that Wall Arch is in Devils Garden.  There are several large pieces that have crumbled to the ground put it is very much still intact.  The times that I have hiked to Broken Arch I have been the only person in the area.  It really is not that popular of a hike.

Broken Arch - back view

Broken Arch – back view


The Return:

Head back on the trail to the parking lot


Personal Thoughts:

This is another great hike that won’t take much time but you will still be rewarded with seeing a unique sandstone feature.  I think there is lots to see in this area too such as sandstone fins, arches, desert landscapes and more.

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