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.