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.
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
Colorado River and Route 279 from near trailhead.
Follow the trail up a short distance and cross the railroad tracks.
The trail then goes over a sandy area where walls and alcoves can be seen in all directions.
The trail reaches a slick rock area where Corona and Bowtie Arches come to view.
Corona 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.
In a spot just below the arch, you will see small flowers growing out of the rock creating small hanging gardens.
Bowtie Arch Hanging Gardens
A little further, you will reach the end of the trail under the Corona Arch.
Corona Arch Corona Arch
Alcoves near Corona Arch.
View of Bootlegger Canyon from Corona Arch.
External Links:BLM Corona Arch Page
Climb-Utah Corona Arch Page