|Corona & Bowtie Arches
Length: 3 miles round trip
Description: Corona Arch is a spectacular, photogenic arch located just west of Moab. Nearby, Bowtie Arch is also very scenic. The route to these arches makes one of the best short hikes in the Moab area. It is particularly good for children, offering plenty of adventure to keep them interested.
The hike crosses open slickrock and then a ladder bolted to the rock allows visitors to climb a short cliff. In another spot, steps cut into the rock and a cable aid hikers as then ascend a steep slickrock ridge.
The trailhead is along the Potash Road, which follows the north side of the Colorado River west from Hyw 191. The turnoff is about 4 miles north of Moab. The trailhead is signed and is about 10 miles down the Potash Road. The entire trail is clearly marked. From the trailhead, you climb east and cross the railroad tracks, then continue along an old road that climbs to a gap putting you on top the bench. From there you hike on slickroad, following cairns (small piles of rocks).
After climbing the ladder and Moki steps, the trail puts you on top a large bench. You walk along the bench, skirting dropoffs, as the trail takes you under Bowtie Arch. Bowtie is a pothole-type arch located high on the cliff above the trail.
From Bowtie, the trail continues on to the base of Corona Arch, which resembles the famous Rainbow Bridge, with smooth lines curving down from a massive stone mountain. You can easily hike right under it. The feeling is incredible, as you tilt your head back and gaze up at ribbon of rock towering above you, only clear blue ski in the background. You return the way you came up.