Broken Arch Loop is a fantastic family hike in Arches National Park. It's easy and short with views of two arches, short and safe stretches of fun cairn-hunting on slickrock, and, best of all, a playground of rock formations for climbing, hiding and exploring. I did the loop clockwise, which gave me chances to teach my daughter about cryptobiotic soil (the black, crystalline dirt) so she wouldn't step on it while playing on the rocks at the end.
Directions • From the park's visitors center, drive about 18 miles north on Scenic Drive (the park's main road) to where the road splits into a large loop in the Devil's Garden area at the end of the road. About 0.15 mile into the loop, take the road heading south toward Devils Garden Campground. The trailhead and parking are about a half mile to the south, near the bathrooms and dumpsters just north of the small loop at the end of the road.