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