Corona Arch – Moab

Moab, UT

Today we asked Dave and Sue to join us for a visit to the Corona Arch, one of our favorite arches in the Moab area.  The arch is located on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land and is accessed by a short trail (about 1.5 miles one way) that begins along Potash Road about ten miles from Moab.

Dave and John view the arch as it comes into view

Most of the trail to the arch is fairly easy, but there is one section that goes steeply up the rocks.  A cable and ladder are there to help hikers up and down this section.

Dave and Sue go up along the cable . . .

. . . then navigate the ladder

John went ahead and climbed up on top of the arch, while the others waited to snap his picture.

See the dot on top of the arch?

OK, so the hiker on top of the arch wasn’t John.  But he did talk to the guy after he climbed down.

John and Dave under Bowtie Arch next to Corona

This is a huge arch – note John and Dave standing under it

The view from near the arch with a heart on the right

Lunch with a view

Back down the cable

After returning to the trailhead we continued up Potash Road and drove on to Shafer Road.  The famous final scene from the movie Thelma and Louise, where they drive off a cliff, was filmed along this road.  Last week, when we were in the visitor center in Dead Horse Point State Park, we asked a ranger for the location and were told it was on the west side of Dead Horse Point.  We hiked around that area but we couldn’t find anyplace where the scene could have happened.  A little research revealed that the ranger was incorrect, the location is southeast of the point, right along Shafer Road.  We’ve been on that road many times but didn’t know about the film location.  So today we went out and found the exact spot where the car shot over the rim into the canyon below.

A screen grab from the film

The Jeep parked right where the car “took off”

We discussed re-enacting the scene but no one volunteered to drive the Jeep. Oh well, maybe next time.

Another great adventure in beautiful eastern Utah.  Thanks Dave and Sue for sharing it with us.

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19 Responses to Corona Arch – Moab

  1. Sue says:

    Really a fun day and a fantastic arch, in fact the entire area was spectacular. Your pictures are great, but pictures just don’t do it justice! Thanks so much for taking us and showing us more of the landscape you so love.

  2. Jeff says:

    Another great hike and awesome pictures! But your idea of a short 1.5 hike is a bit different; cables?, ladders? short – maybe!, but not easy 🙂 Thanks for sharing another awesome experience,

  3. We missed each other by a few hours, we also took our friends to Corona Arch and then drove Potash Road up to end of the paved road.
    Congrats Sue, you did it!

  4. Sherry says:

    Love those arches. Your pictures do a great job of showing their size. Seems a bit risky to climb up on top. Glad that wasn’t John. Interesting about the “launch” spot. Wonder how they cleaned up the mess or was it faked?

  5. pmbweaver says:

    Beautiful header photo. We love this arch. They have so much character and beauty.
    I remember the ladder and the cable. Always a challenge…big or small.
    Thanks for the non-reenactment. I don’t think I could take watching it again.

  6. explorvistas says:

    Unlike the T-bird, the Jeep would probably survive! 🙂

  7. Jim and Barb says:

    Very cool that you found that location!

  8. Gay says:

    We are drawn to Corona Arch every year…it’s one of our favorite hikes here!

  9. Another postcard perfect day in Moab! Lots of wonderful photos, and I especially like the landscape with the heart!

  10. geogypsy2u says:

    Great arches and hike. Nice of that guy to pose on the top. Glad you decided not to reenact the drive over. Love that film.

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    All the photos are wonderful. I especially like the one with three of you at the base of the arch – what a view! We love finding “locations” from movies and TV shows (although we didn’t do the Breaking Bad tour in ABQ 🙂 Great shot of the Jeep at the “spot” 🙂

  12. Laurel says:

    This has to be one of the most picturesque hikes — and what a perfect day you had! So glad that Sue and Dave were with you. What a great foursome. :-)) Cool that you found the infamous Thelma and Louise spot. Loved that movie.

  13. girlonahike says:

    One of my favorite Moab hikes! Last time I hiked there was when they still allowed people to rope swing between the arch, and we got to see some people successfully do it. The BLM has since put a “no jump” rule up for most places because of all the deaths that occurred at corona arch. – Alicia @ http://www.girlonahike.com

    • placestheygo says:

      Our first visit to the Corona Arch a few years back was the week after they closed the arch to swinging because someone had died. Glad they decided to stop it. It is a beautiful area:)

  14. We looked on the west side, so it’s no wonder we couldn’t find the Thelma & Louise spot when we visited! Have fun.

    • placestheygo says:

      The ranger at Dead Horse told us the west side. We then did some online research and looked at photos. It is southeast of the Point. You can look up at the large covered area at Dead Horse Point.

  15. LuAnn says:

    Can’t imagine why no one volunteered to drive the Jeep. 🙂 Looks like another beautiful day on the trails. Would love to do that cable and ladder system.

  16. Kim Nowell says:

    Wow, how beautiful that Arch is and looked like such a gorgeous day for your hike. Thanks for sharing.

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