Hike to the Corona Arch

Moab, UT

Wednesday dawned sunny and warm so we headed out to visit the Corona Arch.  The arch is located on land currently owned by the state of Utah.  It is accessed by a one and a half mile trail that begins in a parking area along the Colorado River about ten miles from Moab.

Parking area with the Colorado River in the background

Early section of the trail

Much of the trail is over flat slickrock

The trail to the arch is fairly easy except for one short section where you go up a crude but effective staircase assisted by a wire handrail, then climb a short but sturdy ladder.

Once you clear the ladder there is a great view of both Bowtie and Corona Arches.

Bowtie Arch on the left, Corona Arch on the right

Bowtie Arch

Corona Arch

The Corona Arch is the favorite site for a new craze called Pendulum Swinging.  A bunch of crazies secure a rope to the top of the arch, attach it to a rock climbing belt around their waist, then jump off the top of the arch, enjoying what they call the world’s largest swing.  To see this in action, check out one of the many Youtube videos available (click here for one of the videos).  While it may be thrilling, this is also very dangerous.  Just last month a man was killed when he miscalculated the length of the rope and smashed into the rocks at the base of the arch.

View from the other side of the arch- John is standing on the left side

A zoom of John at the left base of the arch

Another lunch spot with a great view

After lunch on the rocks, we headed back down the trail.

View of the river as you near the end of the trail

Driving back toward Moab we passed many cars parked along the edge of the road next to the canyon wall.  We pulled over to check out why they were there and when we looked up on the wall of the canyon, we found there were numerous rock climbers.  Two in particular caught our attention

The day was still young, so we headed into Arches NP to explore some hikes there.  We’ll tell you all about it in our next blog.

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19 Responses to Hike to the Corona Arch

  1. rjrvtravels says:

    Very cool – great photos.

  2. Just love your hikes. The arches are just amazing and wont realize how big they really are until you zoomed it in with John nearby. Another fantastic area to explore and I cant wait to be there too.
    -ML

  3. Pam says:

    I never knew much about Arches National Park. We had friends from Oregon who always headed to Moab for mountain biking but never mentioned hiking the arches. Looks like fun. Love the shot with your hiking boots and the beautiful view you were enjoying.

  4. Marsha says:

    Looks like you had a few hikers with you. Two look rather little to be doing that kind of hiking.

    The view is beautiful. I just sit and stare at the gorgeous red rock. Another fantastic lunch view.

    Those people are crazy doing that Pendulum Swinging. I am not surprised at all that someone was killed. I am afraid they keep it up and more will end up the same way. Also, I will pass on watching the videos. Just reading about it is enough for me.

    Great photo of the two of you. You have my boots on!

    I wouldn’t be doing any rock climbing without a shirt on. Of course, I am a girl.

  5. Gay and Joe Taylor says:

    I can’t wait either…awesome pictures. You did a great job showing how really massive the arches are. I liked the ladder…maybe I should strap one on my back. I am only 4’11” and really have to stretch sometimes!

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks! I felt getting some perspective was a must to get across how massive the arches really are.
      The ladder might be a good idea…haha! I am 5’3″ and the rock to rock climbs take a lot of arm strength to get me up since my legs barely get there.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks! I felt getting some perspective was a must to get across how massive the arches really are.
      The ladder might be a good idea…haha! I am 5’3″ and the rock to rock climbs take a lot of arm strength to get me up since my legs barely get there.

  6. Lisa says:

    Just another fun and fabulous day on the road!!!! 🙂

  7. Christopher & Rosemary says:

    We have started following your blog. We hope to get out to Utah in about a year. Your pictures are beautiful. What camera do you use? We are hoping that we can find one that will take quality pictures without having to carry around a full size SLR.

    • placestheygo says:

      Glad to have you along! Thanks for joining us.

      We went looking for the smallest camera and the most power. I wanted to be able to care it in my pocket without any bulk. We ended up with a point and shot camera. It is a Sony Cyber Shot with 10x zoom and 18 pic. The camera is about 2″x 4″ and 3/4″ thick. It is ready in 2 seconds to shoot which is great for those wildlife photos. We have been so pleased with the color it produces. It does a wonderful job in low light. It has a ton of features. We got it at Best Buy.

  8. Great pictures! Nice hike! Does it look like the crowds are clearing out? We should be there Sunday.

    • placestheygo says:

      I am hoping the crowds begin to clear some by the weekend but everyone is still here. We lucked out with our hike up to the Delicate Arch. We went around 3:30 and that seemed to be a lull in the action. When we started back down around 5:30, there was a constant line of people. We decided that people took an afternoon break and then came back out in the evening.

  9. LuAnn says:

    Another great hike with some great photos to boot. Thanks for taking us along on your adventures.

  10. Janet says:

    Thank you, had not heard of Corona Arch. Pictures are amazing, as always. We want to go back to Moab because we only had two days there, and it’s not nearly long enough. We did solve the mystery of Elvis while there. http://thenextreststop.com/2013/01/25/elvis-is-alive-and-well-and-living-in-moab-ut/ Wonder if you saw anything of him during your visit??

    • placestheygo says:

      How funny! I will keep my eyes open as we travel around. Who knows, maybe we’ll have the next sighting!

      The Corona Arch Trailhead is off the road where you found Elvis.

  11. Susan A. says:

    I can see we need to go back to Arches for a longer stay to do more hikes. I had seen the trailhead to Bowtie and Corona Arches, but I was with my mom and sister who did not want to do this hike.

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, you should go back without your mom. A few hikes are wonderful but require some trickier climbing. Definitely always worth a second visit. There are far too many hikes in the area. You could easily spend a couple months.

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