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Moab Utah is well known for its arches; Arches National Park is located just north of Moab.  A lesser known but equally as beautiful arch is located outside the park.  We decided on hiking Corona Arch in Moab on our first full day in Moab.  Corona Arch is located on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, so the hike is free and there are no entrance fees.  Dogs are also allowed on most BLM land (unless otherwise posted), which is very appealing for us!

Getting to Corona Arch Trailhead
Corona Arch in Moab Utah

Getting to the trailhead for Corona Arch in Moab takes about an hour if you are coming from central Moab.  To get there, head north on Highway 191 to Potash Road (Highway 279) and turn south (left).  After approximately ten miles, you will see the Corona Arch Trailhead on the right side of the road. {GPS Coordinates: 38.5741⁰ N, -109.6323⁰ W}

Corona Arch Trail

The Corona Arch Trail is about 1.5 miles to the arch, approximately 3 miles roundtrip.  The trail is moderate, as there is some slight scrambling necessary, although there is a cable to help you up.  The trail is well marked and heavily traveled.  On our hike, it was not overly busy although there were many other people at the arch.  We never felt crowded, and everyone on the trail was friendly.

Cairns while hiking Corona Arch

Cairn City!

Our Experience of Corona Arch in Moab

We had a great time hiking Corona Arch, and the pups had a great time as well.  It was a beautiful day and we were all excited to be having some adventures!  This is a great hike for families, as well.  There were many children on the hike and they all seemed to be having a great time.  Our pups were a hit, too, as they are very friendly to everyone on the trail!  The only downside that I can really think of on this trip was the graffiti on the arch.  This is something that saddens us greatly to see these natural wonders be marked up and destroyed by people.  But, if you take a step back and look at the arch as a whole, it is still amazingly beautiful and a definite sight to see!  We highly recommend this hike for anyone visiting Moab Utah!

Cactus on Corona Arch Trail

Corona Arch was a moderate hike for all of us, and we could tell the pups were out of hiking shape!  They came back to the RV and crashed, but we continued into Arches National Park after taking them home.  You definitely need to be sure to check the weather conditions and ensure it isn’t too hot to take the pups with you, and bring plenty of water.  We even had their hiking boots with us in case the rocks got too hot on their paws, but we never needed them on this hike.  If you do bring your pups, be sure to practice Leave No Trace and pack out any messes they make.  This is a good practice no matter where you are.

 Corona Arch with DogsHiking with Dogs

Trail Conditions

Trail Name: Corona Arch

Location: Moab, Utah {GPS Coordinates: 38.5741⁰ N, -109.6323⁰ W}

Distance (roundtrip): 3 miles

Weather: Sunny, clear, approximately 80⁰ F

Time of day (Start): 10:30 am

Time of day (Finish): 1:00 pm

Dog Friendly: Moderately Friendly (due to alternate route needed to get up ladder)

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars