Length: 3 miles round trip
Hours: 2 – 3
Difficulty: moderate (only because of the steps and ladder)
Elevation gain: 440 feet
Dog friendly: Yes
**There is very little shade along this trail, so plan accordingly. Also, there is a canyon below so be mindful of children and don’t let them get too close to the edge.
The trail to Corona Arch starts with a slight incline and then flattens out. You will cross a railroad track and then continue on dirt. The trail consists of mostly slickrock and some sand. It is well marked by cairns. Towards the end of the hike there is a safety cable to help you across a short section of slightly slanted slickrock. You will then approach steps carved into the side of some slickrock with a cable to help you walk up. After the steps a bolted ladder will lead you over a ledge and a short distance from Corona Arch. All are fairly easy and most children are able to do it. Corona Arch is viewable from the cable and carved steps, so if you don’t want to go any further you can still see the arch. Corona Arch has a 140 by 105 foot opening and has been popular for rappelling and most recently rope swinging. As of May 2015 rope swinging and rappelling have been banned for at least 2 years.
How to get there:
From Moab head north of town on U.S. Highway 191. 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. The trailhead is a large gravel parking lot and information kiosk.
Don’t miss Bow Tie Arch on the left right before you get to Corona Arch.
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