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2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park

Posted on the 25 June 2011 by Danncianca
Where did we leave off? Ah yes, Arches.  (The first part of this trip can be found here in a previous entry.)
After exploring the Balanced Rock area, we took a quick pause at the Fiery Furnace.  Since this area requires either a hiking permit or a reserved guided tour, we continued on.  The next stop on my list was Sand Dune Arch due to its proximity to the road.  I figured if we had time, hike on another mile or so to Broken Arch at that point.
While we could see several arches at a distance in The Windows Section but had not had the opportunity yet to view an arch, up-close.
The trail to Sand Dune Arch is short and only leads a short distance from the parking lot to a gap between sandstone fins. The trail is easy and only requires a small step-up between fins.  Otherwise, it is completely sand.  We passed by the arch originally and continued farther between the fins as several groups of people were exploring the area.  I wanted a shot without humans in it.  This lead us to several areas were one could climb into narrow spaces between the fins.  Many jokes of 127 Hours ensued. 
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkBetween The Fins
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkKendell & Katherine Moments Before Arm Amputations
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
As people cleared out, we returned to the arch... the first arch of our Arches experience and took a few moments to get some photos.
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkSand Dune Arch
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkTextures
Realizing that we had plenty of time on our hands, I suggested we continue on to Broken Arch, which wasn't too far away.  The trail was mostly sand again and along the way, signs asking visitors to keep off the soil crust were common.
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
The arch is actually visible from the Sand Dune Arch area, but the trail moves in and hugs another area of sandstone fins, disrupting the visibility.  When we finally emerged, however, we were greeted with a spectacular view.
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkBroken Arch
We spent five or ten minutes looking for different angles to take photos and enjoying the natural beauty.
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkYucca Man, Terror Of The Arches
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkKatherine Under Broken Arch For Scale
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
We were feeling ambitious and decided to follow the trail through the arch and make a loop back to the parking lot.  I wasn't completely sure how long this would take, but we decided to do it anyway.  Along the way, we saw a sign pointing to a distant cliffside arch that we could see called Tapestry Arch.  We took this side trail and visited that arch as well.
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkTapestry Arch (right)
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkA Raptor Of Some Sort Acting As Guard
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkKendell Under Tapestry Arch For Scale
We rejoined the trail and followed it through the Devils Garden Campground, which marks the apex of the loop.  From there, we continued back south toward the original trail head.
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkOpen Country To The Northwest 2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National ParkLooking Back At Tapestry Arch
The trail did actually work its way back through several sandstone fins before the loop ended.  The alignment of the fins provided a perfect view of the distant, snow-capped La Sal Mountains.
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
2011 - March 23rd - Sand Dune, Broken & Tapestry Arches, Arches National Park
As we returned to our hot vehicle, it was still only early afternoon.  The Devils Garden area was next on our list. 
Dann.

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