corona arch

Corona Arch Trail

Few hikes reach an ending as awe inspiring as the Corona Arch trail. The one and a half mile out-and-back trail consists of red rock cairns, safety cables, ladder climbing, and concludes with the tremendous 140 foot wide Corona Arch. Plus, because the trail is just outside Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, it is much less trafficked than other hikes. If seeing Moab’s best arches is what brings you here, consider this hike a must-do.

Trail Details

  • Hike Length: 3 miles round trip, allow at least 2 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 440 foot gain
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail Type: Out-and-back hike, road and slickrock terrain, hikers only
  • Trailhead: 10 miles west of the Utah 279/U.S. 191 junction near Arches National Park, on Utah Scenic Byway 279. Get Directions.
  • GPS Coordinates: 38°34’28.0″N 109°37’56.5″W
  • Tips: Leashed pets are allowed, bring plenty of water and sun protection

Directions To The Trailhead

Trail Map

What To Expect on Your Hike

Follow the trail as it climbs east to a BLM register, and cross the railroad tracks. After crossing the railroad tracks, follow the road to a gap in the slickrock bench above. The route follows a trail of cairns (distinct rock piles) northeast towards the base of a large sandstone cliff. Follow the base of the cliff east until you eventually see a safety cable. Use the safety cable to safely traverse the slightly exposed section of trail, after which you will be able to see Corona Arch in the distance. Once you’ve passed the first safety cable, a second cable will help you up steps carved in the sandstone. From the top of the steps continue east, climb a short ladder over the ledge, and follow the cairns up to the top of a large bench. It’s a short walk along the wide slickrock bench from this point up to the base of Corona Arch. Along the way you’ll pass two other arches, Bowtie and Goldbar, before reaching the unmistakable Corona Arch. Be sure to take your time and soak in the incredible views!

Other Things to Know

Hike Safely

This is a moderately difficult trail, requiring hikers to climb ladders and use safety cables to complete the hike. Before approaching the trail, ensure everyone in your group is informed and prepared to complete the hike. Children and dogs may find sections of the trail challenging, but many have safely finished the hike.

Be Prepared

During the height of the summer months Moab can reach degrees of +100 ºF, meaning the trails rock surfaces can get even hotter. Avoid the heat by hiking in either the early morning or early evening hours. Bring plenty of water, sun protection, and capable footwear for yourself and your pets.

Respect the Trail

Moab’s incredible landscape took millions of years to become what it is today, and needs to be preserved as we experience it. Stay on the designated trail while hiking to the Corona Arch (or any trail in Moab), and don’t tarnish or deface rock surfaces, arches, rock art, or any other natural elements on the trail. Respecting the trail helps protect the desert’s incredible terrain for years to come. Moab is home to some of the greatest hiking trails on Earth. Explore other things to do near the Corona Arch trail, and start planning your trip by finding a place to stay.

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