Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah

Moab Hiking: Corona Arch Trail

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The Corona Arch Trail near Moab is an easy to reach trail just outside Moab that leads to The Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch.

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Corona Arch Trail: The hike

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The trail is a mostly rock and sand, with beautiful views of the slickrock formations along the way.

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Additional Moab, Utah hikes

Hiking Moab overview
Negro Bill Canyon Trail to Morning Glory Natural Bridge
Arches National Park

Moab hiking: Additional information

Bureau of Land Management: Corona Arch Trail
Discover Moab

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah

Moab hiking

Moab is a hiking paradise, with all trails leading to amazing opportunities for viewing some of nature’s most beautiful wonders.

Hiking trails near Moab

Corona Arch Trail

Hiking Moab: Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Hiking Moab: Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The Corona Arch Trail near Moab is an easy to reach trail just outside Moab that leads to The Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch. Dog-friendly, elevation gain of 440 ft, roundtrip 3 miles.

Negro Bill Canyon

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
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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

 

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
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Arches National park has over 2,000 natural stone arches and is located just a few miles outside of Moab, just off the highway. Hiking trails range from 15 minutes hikes to 4 or 5 hours.

Other great Moab hikes

Fisher Towers Trail. A scenic trail along the base of the towers, including the 900 foot Titan. Dog-friendly, 670 ft elevation gain, 4 1/2 miles roundtrip.

Portal Overlook. A popular trail, Portal Overlook provides good views of Moab, the La Sal Mountains & the Colorado River. Dog-friendly, elevation gain of 980 ft, roundtrip 4 miles.

Moab Rim. Good views of the sandstone fins of the Behind the Rocks area, the Colorado River & Moab. Shared trail with bikes, jeeps & ATV’s. Dog-friendly, 940 ft elevation gain, 6 miles roundtrip. .

Hunter Canyon. Hunter Canyon is a beautiful canyon with a stream, trees & vegetation. Dog-friendly, elevation gain of 240 ft, roundtrip 4 miles.

Hidden Valley. Views of the large sandstone fins of the Behind the Rocks area. Dog-friendly, 680 ft elevation gain, 4 miles roundtrip.

 

 

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah

Moab Hiking: Negro Bill Canyon Trail to Morning Glory Natural Bridge

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The round trip hike is 4 1/2 miles of fairly easy terrain, but with some uphill and  a few scrambles up & over rocks.

The elevation gain is 330 feet.  The trail is dog-friendly and gets quite crowded mid-day.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Moab, Utah – Negro Bill Canyon Trail: Getting there

Head north out of Moab on Hwy 191 (Main Street).  Turn east on Hwy 128 and drive about 3 miles.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail trailhead, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The trailhead is clearly marked.  If the parking lot is full, there is additional parking across the road – be careful crossing the road, as traffic is fairly fast coming around the curve.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Moab, Utah – Negro Bill Canyon Trail: The hike

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The hike to the Morning Glory Natural Bridge is 2 1/4 miles from the trailhead.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Most information says to allow for 4 hours round trip – we did it in 3, but we went before it got too crowded and we tend to hike pretty quickly.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The Negro Bill Canyon Trail leaves the trailhead to the left of the stream.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The first half to two-thirds of the Negro Bill Canyon Trail is mostly a sandy path that winds through trees, crossing the stream several times.

Moab, Hiking Negro Bill Canyon Trail
Moab, Hiking Negro Bill Canyon Trail
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Unlike other Moab hikes, this section is very green, with the stream supporting trees, bushes and various types of flowering plants.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The trail pops in and out of the shade, keeping you fairly cool during this segment. The stream is shallow, but your feet will get wet, so plan accordingly.

The last part of the trail is on exposed slick rock, with some uphill.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

There are a couple of places that require scrambling up rocks.  The terrain then becomes exposed and is much hotter under the desert sun.  There are numerous cairns marking the path over the rocks.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Negro Bill Canyon Trail: Morning Glory Natural Bridge

The sixth largest natural rock span in the US, Morning Glory Natural Bridge is is located at the end of the Negro Bill Canyon Trail.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Some hikers use this spot to have a bite of lunch and some of the dogs enjoy a quick dip in the pool of water under the bridge.

Poison ivy grows near the pool under the bridge, so keep away from dark green, shiny leaves with serrated edges in clusters of three.

Additional Moab, Utah hikes

Hiking Moab overview
Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch
Arches National Park

Negro Bill Canyon Trail: Additional information

Bureau of Land Management: Negro Bill Canyon
Discover Moab

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

 

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Exploring Moab: Arches National Park

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Arches National Park is 5 miles north of Moab, just off Hwy 191.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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 National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Additional Moab, Utah hikes

Hiking Moab overview
Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch
Negro Bill Canyon Trail to Morning Glory Natural Bridge