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Corona Arch, UT

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,983 feet
Elevation Gain 664 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.52
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8  2010-11-07 hippiepunkpirate
4  2008-12-28 willydn
Author hippiepunkpirate
author avatar Guides 25
Routes 36
Photos 2,877
Trips 657 map ( 2,276 miles )
Age 33 Male Gender
Location Peoria, AZ
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by hippiepunkpirate

Overview: Corona Arch, located just a couple miles outside of Moab, is a gem of an arch. Often called "Little Rainbow Bridge", this partially freestanding arch is still mighty impressive with a span of 140 feet and a height of 105. Located on BLM land neighboring the mighty Colorado River, this arch is accessible free of charge, and with less of a crowd than its cousins in nearby Arches National Park. The hike itself is short, but it is largely on slickrock that really makes it a blast. Two other natural arches can also be seen on the hike, Pinto Arch and Bowtie Arch.

Hike: The BLM trail head is well signed on Potash Road. The Colorado River dominates the scenery as it winds its way into Canyonlands National Park. The is initially an old road grade that abruptly climbs up a nearby hill. After cresting the hill, the trail crosses a railroad track. The cuts in the rock that allow the railroad to pass are an impressive set of tiers. The railroad actually connects the fertilizer plant down the road at Potash to a potash mine near Moab. Further up canyon, this railroad track enters a tunnel, the other end of which is visible at the north end of Moab by the uranium tailings pile.

After crossing the railroad tracks, the trail winds around the edge of a cliff and high up in the cliffs to the north north east is a small pour-off arch called Pinto Arch. Unless you want to do some exploring, Pinto Arch remains distant. The old road bed starts to ascend once more. The flat, wide road grade soon disappears and the trail gets rough. As you crest the top of the second incline, slickrock dominates the terrain and the trail turns into more of a cairned route. Cairns are copious and should be easy to follow. A small sandy section is soon encountered, then it is slickrock once more.

Keep following the cairns and soon you will encounter a spot where the slickrock gets kind of steep and a cable is provided for hikers to grab onto. It looked a bit unnecessary to me. Just past the cable you start rounding the corner and then BAM! Straight ahead across a side canyon is Corona Arch, attached like a jug handle to the opposing cliff. You'll notice a large elongated cairn nearby, I think everyone pauses here in awe, and figures they might as well add to the pile. If you look at the cliff to the left of Corona, you can see a smaller arch that makes what looks to be kind of a skylight, that is Bowtie Arch.

The cairns will take you on a traverse around the slickrock side canyon over to Corona, passing under Bowtie along the way. You will reach a spot where the slickrock steepens, and small steps have been carved into the sandstone. Yet another cable is provided to grab a hold of. A small flat section of slickrock is encountered before another steep section pops up. The slickrock would be easy enough to climb up here, but a small metal latter is provided, which most tend to use.

After the two steep spots, the rest of the traverse is relatively flat. You pass under Bowtie, which is impressive in its own right. Corona Arch becomes closer and closer with every step. It does look similar to Rainbow Bridge, the are even carved out of the same rock formation, the Navajo Sandstone.

You can walk right under the arch and marvel at its resistance to the force of gravity. Relaxing in the shade underneath is a popular activity, although their might be a risk of getting bonked by a falling slab of rock. We continued along the slickrock on the other side of Corona and took in the view from over there, which also provides open views toward the Colorado River gorge.

Solitude Buster: Being outside of Arches, this hike is less crowded than Delicate Arch, the Windows or Devil's Garden. However, it still sees a fair amount of use being advertised in the local hiking guidebooks and having incredibly convenient access. On a beautiful Sunday in November around noon, we saw somewhere between 25-35 people on this short trail. If you want the arch to yourself, try some combination of early in the day, mid-week and off-season. Regardless, this hike is an absolute blast and well worth checking out!

Kids, dogs and heat: Of the 25-35 people we saw, quite a few brought there kids and dogs. The combination of slickrock and abrupt drop-offs if you wander off the trail has the potential for serious injury for the precious ones (human and canine). Take the necessary precautions to avoid such an incident. Dogs may require leashes. We met a particularly fearless Jack Russell Terrier named Louie out there that could have used one. Lastly, the nature of the slickrock makes the hike open to the elements, especially the heat and sun. Please make sure your party comes prepared with enough water for everyone.

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2010-11-09 hippiepunkpirate
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Corona Arch
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    Drove over from Poison Spyder. Wasn't expecting much with this trail, being a weekend and all. But surprisingly fun. The hike itself is a nice leg stretcher, some sand, some slick rock, a little scrambling, chipped footholds with a cable. The arch before you reach Corona would be impressive if not in the shadow of the its lovely neighbor. Most hardly give it a glance. I am guilty as well.

    Corona does rival it big sister Delicate. There were lots of people and as usual for me the light wasn't that great for photography, but I tried. Anything this majestic deserves effort. Nature and geology get a golf clap here. Well done, well done.
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    Arches - Canyonlands Trip November 2010
    Day 2 - Corona Arch / Island in the Sky

    Day 1 - Delicate Arch
    Day 3 - Windows / Needles District

    After a long first day on less than optimal rest, sunrise on Day 2 was scratched in favor of some extra sleep. Because of the late start, we opted for a gas station breakfast before heading out the Potash Road. Potash Road follows the Colorado River downstream from Moab. The Navajo Sandstone cliffs along the roadside are sheer and mighty impressive, especially with the numerous climbing groups attacking the rock from the shoulder of the road! Janelle needs to add this place to her to-do list. We made the drive down the the Potash industrial site before doubling back and starting our hike up to Corona Arch.

    The hike up to Corona Arch was darn sweet. It's hard to beat a good dose of Navajo Sandstone slickrock, and of course the Arch is absolutely amazing. Definitely conjures up similarities to Rainbow Bridge, and made me itch to get out to Corona's bigger sibling. I wrote up a pretty detailed hike description for Corona already, so I won't get too in depth about it here.

    Perhaps the highlight of the Corona Arch was Louie, the fearless Jack Russell Terrier. As my Dad and I approached the rock stairset, a couple families family were coming down with two dogs in tow. Evidently one of the dogs was hitching a ride. The woman looked down at the Jack Russell Terrier and said, "That's not our dog? He was with that other family. What was his name?" Someone else piped in, "Louie!" They asked us if we would take him up to his owners. We whistled and called his name but he was too busy enjoying the scenery to pay much attention. One of the ladies had to pick him up and put him on the rock staircase, then he got the idea and followed happily. He was just so happy to be out on the slickrock, it was hard not to crack a huge grin. I would definitely take Louie home with me. A minute or two later we were at the metal ladder next to a steep slickrock bank. My dad said, "How are we gonna do this, Louie?" Without hesitation, Louie ran right up the slickrock bank. We said, "Okay then," and headed up the ladder. We crested the next bank and a little girl cried out, "There's Louie!" Evidently he had been missed by his family. And evidently he is quite the explorer, because not two moments later, Louie was off wandering down the slickrock in search of smells and adventure. Over the lip of another steep slickrock bank he went, his "owner" calling, "Come on Louie!" Louie scrambled back up the bank with ease. That low center of gravity must help.

    In addition to the adventures of Louie, this hike was quite busy, but had a nice festive atmosphere. There were a number of kids, and they were all having a good ol' time playing on the slickrock. Times were lively under the arch as people took pictures and relaxing in the shade. My dad and I walked past the arch and enjoyed the scene from a far on the north side of Corona before heading back. We had a wonderful experience out at Corona, including the hike, the scenery and the activity. I would recommend this hike any day of the week.

    After Corona Arch, we made the drive up to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. After contemplating a return to Arches for sunset, we decided to remain up on the Island for the remainder of the afternoon and catch the sunset up there. After a stop at the visitor's center, we stopped briefly at Canyonlands' version of the La Sal Mountains Overlook. Not as good as the Arches version, but does have a neat angle on the Behind the Rocks upwarp of fins near Moab. Continued on for another brief stop at the Shafer Trail Overlook. Next was the Green River Overlook, perhaps the most classic viewpoint on Island in the Sky. We stopped momentarily to scout the scene for the sunset before heading down to Grand View.

    At the Grand View Overlook, we did the short hike out to the official Grand View Point. Just an easy mile each way, it was quite a pleasant hike with great views. I wrote up a hike description for it, so I'll skip the details. Returned to the Green River Overlook to wait for the sunset. My dad plopped a lawn chair down to the right of the viewpoint, and I started exploring up and down rim looking for compositions. Ended up at a hunk of slickrock at the viewpoint for a while, and conversed with another photographer who had seen me at Delicate Arch the previous evening. The clouds overwhelmed the western sky, so the sunset never really took off, but being at the signature Canyonlands viewpoint was majestic just the same, and thoroughly enjoyable.

    Headed back down the hill to Moab in the dark, nabbed supplies for the morning at the Shell and a drive-thru dinner at Burger King before settling back into the motel room for the night.

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    To hike
    From Moab head north out of town on U.S. Highway 191. Cross the bridge over the Colorado River. After crossing the bridge continue north for 1.3 miles to the signed "Potash" road, which is State Road 279. Turn west (left) and follow State Road 279 for 10.1 miles to the signed Corona Arch trailhead. The trailhead is located on the north (right) side of the road and signed.
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