This three-mile roundtrip trail leads across slickrock to a pair of impressive arches; elevation gain is 440 feet. The trail starts by crossing railroad tracks and following a bit of old roadbed before climbing onto slickrock. Cairns mark the way and helpful handrails and a ladder make the few steep sections easier. Although close together, the arches have very different origins. Corona Arch eroded from a fin of Navajo Sandstone and spans 140 feet and 105 feet high. Bowtie formed when a pothole met a cave below and is about 30 feet in diameter. From Moab head north on US 191 across the Colorado River, turn left onto UT 279 just past the bridge, then follow the Colorado River for ten miles downstream to the trailhead on your right, between Mileposts 5 and 6.

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Expert Review of Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch Trail

Active and Adventure Review of Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch Trail

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • If you only have time for one hike in the Moab area, this is a fine choice.
  • You'll also see Pinto (or Gold Bar) Arch near the start, though no trail goes up to it.
  • Bowtie Arch once went by the name "Paul Bunyan's Potty."

southwest of Moab
BLM Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah 84532
Parking: always open, weather permitting

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-259-2100
Transportation: car
Neighborhood: Moab
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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