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Corona Arch Trail

Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, Utah

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  • Corona Arch.- Corona Arch Trail
  • The beginning of the Corona Arch Trail.- Corona Arch Trail
  • View back to the parking lot and the Colorado River from the trail.- Corona Arch Trail
  • Crossing the tracks near the trailhead.- Corona Arch Trail
  • The scenery along the trail is outstanding.- Corona Arch Trail
  • The trail is well marked with cairns.- Corona Arch Trail
  • There probably won't be many other hikers on this trail.- Corona Arch Trail
  • View across the canyon.- Corona Arch Trail
  • At a few points there are chains to help navigate the trail.- Corona Arch Trail
  • The arches come into view just after the first set of chains.- Corona Arch Trail
  • The canyon wall above the last part of the trail is beautiful.- Corona Arch Trail
  • The arches.- Corona Arch Trail
  • The prickly pear cactus flower.- Corona Arch Trail
  • Bowtie Pothole Arch.- Corona Arch Trail
  • The Corona Arch and a clear night sky.- Corona Arch Trail
  • Sunrise at the Corona Arch.- Corona Arch Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Outstanding scenery. Not crowded. Dogs allowed. Close to Moab.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
463.00 ft (141.12 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,885.00 ft (1,184.15 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Most visitors to the Moab area are focused on the two big and justifiably popular national parks, Canyonlands and Arches. One of the most interesting geological features outside of the parks is Corona Arch, located on BLM land near the Colorado River. This moderately-challenging hike goes through gorgeous country and has some fun terrain along the way. Unlike most of the hikes in the national parks, dogs are allowed on this trail.

The drive along the Potash Road has great views of the Colorado River and passes a popular rock-climbing area where there are almost always climbers hanging practically over the road. From the trailhead parking area the trail climbs a short distance to a sign-in station and crosses a railroad track. The trail is fairly flat as it winds into the canyon and presents spectacular views of the huge alcoves on the other side. There are cables that hikers can use to assist themselves in a few places where the trail gets steep, but these spots are not difficult. At one point there is a steel ladder that helps hikers over a ledge (there is a way around this ladder that most dogs should be able to negotiate), and near this point the beautiful Corona Arch comes into view.

The rest of the the route is marked by cairns on the slickrock sides of the canyon. Hikers must pick a path to work around to the arch. Bowtie Pothole Arch is encountered just before Corona Arch, and this formation has active seeps that create a little oasis and offer water for four-legged hikers.

Corona Arch is sometimes called “Little Rainbow Bridge” because it’s shape is reminiscent of the famous feature in Lake Powell. The arch is surprisingly huge in scale, and it is easy to walk through to the other side where there are additional vistas up the canyon. Late afternoon is a great time to photograph the arch, when it is bathed in golden light.

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