Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah

Moab Hiking: Corona Arch Trail

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
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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
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Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Corona Arch Trail: The hike

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
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Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
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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
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Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
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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
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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
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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
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Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
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Additional Moab, Utah hikes

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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
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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
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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
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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.

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
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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
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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
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Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
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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
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Moab, Utah – Negro Bill Canyon Trail: The hike

Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
Negro Bill Canyon Trail, Moab, Utah
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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
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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
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Arches National Park is 5 miles north of Moab, just off Hwy 191.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
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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
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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
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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
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Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
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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
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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
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Additional Moab, Utah hikes

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

Magnificent Moab

Magnificent Moab

Magnificent Moab
Magnificent Moab Photo: © Chasing Light Media

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?

Dead Horse Point, Moab, Utah
Dead Horse Point, Moab, Utah
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Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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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.

Moab, Hiking Negro Bill Canyon Trail
Moab, Hiking Negro Bill Canyon Trail
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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.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Getting to Moab

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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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.

Moab on the map
Moab, Utah map

Things to do in Moab

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
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Moab can be quite warm mid-day, so a good method to fit it all in is to go to two-a-days.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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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?

Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
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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.

Moab hiking

Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
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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, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Moab biking

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.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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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.

Moab attractions

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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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.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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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

Gonzo Inn, Moab, Utah
Gonzo Inn, Moab, Utah
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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.

Kibo at the Gonzo in Moab
Kibo at the Gonzo in Moab
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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.

Gonzo Inn, Moab Utah
Gonzo Inn, Moab Utah
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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.

Poolside at the Gonzo in Moab
Poolside at the Gonzo in Moab
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Hotel/resort: The Gonzo Inn
Location: Moab, Utah
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Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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