The Corona Arch Trail near Moab is an easy to reach trail just outside Moab that leads to The Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch.
The trail is dog-friendly and is fully exposed to the desert sun, so go in the cooler hours of the day and take plenty of water for you and your four-legged companions. The elevation gain is 440 feet.
The round trip hike is about 3 miles of fairly easy terrain through Bootlegger canyon, with one climb up carved footholds and one over a ladder, just before reaching the arches.
However, the arches are fully visible (and best photographed) at the point just before the climbs. It is still a great hike with arch views even if you stop at the bottom of the footholds section.
Corona Arch Trail: Getting there
Head north out of Moab on Hwy 191 (Main Street). Turn west on Hwy 279/Potash Road and drive about 10 miles. The drive is scenic, with rock climbers scaling the formations just beside the road. The Corona Arch Trailhead is clearly marked on the right, with a good-sized parking lot.
Corona Arch Trail: The hike
The first section of the trail ascends rather steeply, flattens out, then crosses the railroad tracks. After reaching the registration box, the trail continues with numerous cairns along the path marking the way.
The trail is a mostly rock and sand, with beautiful views of the slickrock formations along the way.
Near the end of the hike, fixed safety lines have been placed. The area following the fixed lines is a great photography spot, with both Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch fully visible.
To reach the arches, one must climb up the steps that have been cut into the slickrock next to the second fixed line. Next, on the right is a short ladder leading up and over a small ledge. Once over the ledge, it is a short walk to the base of Corona Arch. The Corona Arch spans a spectacular 140 ft by 105 ft.
The Negro Bill Canyon Trail is a pretty hike near Moab on a sandy trail that winds through trees, crosses a shallow stream and arrives at the Morning Glory Natural Bridge. Dog-friendly, elevation gain of 330 ft, roundtrip 4 1/2 miles.
Arches National Park is 5 miles north of Moab, just off Hwy 191.
Arches National Park boasts the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone, with over 2,000 arches & amazing rock formations within the park’s 76,518 acres.
As one of Moab’s most crowded areas, expect high traffic and waits during peak seasons (March – October). Arches National Park fees are $5 for individuals (applies to motorcycles, bicycles and walk-ins) or $10 per vehicle (includes all occupants of a vehicle) and are good for 7 days.
For those not wishing to hike, Arches National Park can be viewed by car via the 18-mile scenic road. Parking is limited at all destinations, especially on weekends and holidays.
Arches contains a variety of easy to moderate hiking trails ranging from 15 minute strolls to several hour hikes. Most trails are very exposed with little to no shade. Remember temperatures regularly exceed 100°F / 38°C, so avoid the hottest hours of the day and always carry plenty of water.
Pets are not allowed on any hiking trails. Pets may be walked on roads or in parking lots, but must be leashed at all times when outside a vehicle. Never leave a pet in a vehicle even for a few minutes.
Say the name “Moab” and what do you think of? Mountain biking, stunning arch formations, hiking, rock climbing, incredible views, rafting or how about a combination of them all?
Moab is one of those places where you reset to happy the minute you hit the city limits and, no matter how long you stay, it isn’t long enough.
Even if you are just sipping beers on a patio, listening to the conversations around you recalling the adventures of the day, Moab puts you in a fabulous mood.
Getting to Moab
Moab has a small airport, but the closest larger airports are in Grand Junction, Colorado, about 110 miles from Moab, or Salt Lake City. By car, Moab is 354 miles from Denver or 234 miles from Salt Lake City.
Things to do in Moab
Moab can be quite warm mid-day, so a good method to fit it all in is to go to two-a-days.
Maybe a morning hike, some lunch in town and then a late afternoon mountain bike ride. Or, perhaps, rafting in the morning and then some late day canyoneering?
Option 3 also works well: Get out there with a favorite morning activity, find a great patio for lunch with some cold beverages and then, read a book by the pool. The combinations are nearly endless, but always add up to fabulous.
With a wide variety of hiking options available near Moab ranging from short strolls to strenuous, long hikes, Moab is a hiking paradise, with all trails leading to amazing opportunities for viewing some of nature’s most beautiful wonders.
Seven great Moab day hikes within 30 minutes of Moab include Corona Arch Trail, Portal Overlook, Moab Rim, Negro Bill Canyon, Fisher Towers Trail, Hunter Canyon & Hidden Valley. All seven are dog-friendly and offer terrain ranging from sandy, shaded stream side trails to slickrock hikes amidst sandstone arches.
Remember to take plenty of water.
Moab has a wide variety of road rides and mountain bike trails for all levels of experience. A mountain biking mecca, Moab’s mountain bike trials range from beautiful canyon rides, to mesa rim trails, to the world-famous, highly technical, Slickrock Bike Trail.
Road biking in Moab is over paved roads with terrain that varies from rolling hills and steep sections to casual, scenic rides for enjoying the views.
Within 35 miles of Moab are Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park.
Arches National Park is 5 miles north of Moab, just off Hwy 191. Arches National Park boasts the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone, with over 2,000 arches & amazing rock formations within the park’s 76,518 acres.
Canyonlands National Park, located 35 miles outside of Moab, is the largest national park in the state of Utah and has over 20 miles of paved roads winding through the Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze.
As with all national parks, they can get very crowded and are not dog-friendly, so while they may not be a great place for a hike they can be a perfect place for an air-conditioned mid-day drive during the heat of the day.
Going Gonzo in Moab
The Gonzo Inn is a cool, dog-friendly hotel just off Main Street in Moab. The Gonzo Inn describes itself as an “eclectic expression of southwest influences, retro 70’s and industrial era that is entertaining and tantalizing to the senses,” and that is pretty spot on.
The one bedroom suite is large with a living room, dining room, kitchenette, large bedroom, bath and patio. Decorated with vibrant colors and outfitted with comfy bedding, the Gonzo is a perfect place to enjoy Moab down-time.
Beautiful landscaping, a relaxing pool and hot tub, bicycle wash and repair station, and a complimentary continental breakfast round out a stay at the Gonzo Inn.
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