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Corona Arch (Little Rainbow Bridge) & Bowtie Arch
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Corona Arch (Little Rainbow Bridge) & Bowtie Arch

 
Corona Arch (Little Rainbow Bridge) & Bowtie Arch

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Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.57993°N / 109.61997°W

Object Type: Arch arches

Object Title: Corona Arch (Little Rainbow Bridge) & Bowtie Arch

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Apr 24, 2010 / Jan 9, 2014

Object ID: 616075

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Overview:

Corona and Bowtie Arches sit near Colorado River a few miles to the west of Moab, Utah. Due to its resemblance to the famous Rainbow Bridge, Corona Arch is sometimes referred to as the Little Rainbow Bridge. Some say Corona Arch is so called because it looks like a picture of a solar flare.

A 1.3 mile trail takes the hiker from near the banks of the Colorado River up to a sandy plain and then over slick rock slopes to reach the Bowtie and Corona Arches. Elevation gain is 440 ft. The many alcoves that decorate the walls along the length of the trail add to the beauty of the area. From the base of Corona Arch, railroad tracks can be seen several hundred feet below at the bottom of the Bootlegger canyon.

The opening of Corona Arch is said to be 140 by 105 foot.
Map of Corona Arch Trail
Map

Getting There:

From Moab follow Route 191 north. Cross the Colorado River and continue 1.4 miles until you see the sign for State Route 279. Turn left (west) onto this road and follow it just above 10 miles until you see the sign for Corona Arch Trailhead on the right.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:
38 deg 34.484’ North
109 deg 37.945’ West

The Hike:

Colorado River and Route 279 from near trailhead.
Colorado River & Route 279
Colorado River

Follow the trail up a short distance and cross the railroad tracks.
Railroad Tracks
Railroad Tracks

The trail then goes over a sandy area where walls and alcoves can be seen in all directions.





On Corona Arch Trail
 
On Corona Arch Trail
 
On Corona Arch Trail
 
On Corona Arch Trail
 



The trail reaches a slick rock area where Corona and Bowtie Arches come to view.




First View of Corona Arch
Corona Arch
First View of Bowtie Arch
Bowtie Arch



You will then reach a safety cable and later an area where steps have been dug into the slick rock slope. After that, you will have to go up a short steel ladder bolted into the rock.
Steps On Corona Arch Trail
steps

Bowtie Arch.
In a spot just below the arch, you will see small flowers growing out of the rock creating small hanging gardens.
Bowtie Arch
Bowtie Arch





Bowtie Arch
Bowtie Arch
Hanging Gardens
Hanging Gardens



A little further, you will reach the end of the trail under the Corona Arch.
Corona Arch
Corona Arch

Corona Arch
Corona Arch





Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Corona Arch



Alcoves near Corona Arch.
Alcoves
 

View of Bootlegger Canyon from Corona Arch.
Bootlegger Canyon
Bootlegger Canyon

External Links:

BLM Corona Arch Page

Climb-Utah Corona Arch Page

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