Corona Arch Trail

Corona Arch. (Photo by Don Rondinelli)


From the Potash Road, the trail goes around a rocky bolder field, across the railroad tracks and into mouth of Bootlegger Canyon. After the tracks, the trail goes up the ridge of the canyon on the northwest side. Stop at the ridge and take in the view of the Colorado River. Soon you will come to a small area with a cable assist for safety. The trail is flat, but the large bolder you hike over is on a slant and has a small drop-off. After the cable, the trail curves around the bend and you get your first glimpse up beautiful Bootlegger Canyon. As you make your way to the next cable assist, Bowtie Arch (also called Pinto Arch) hides high up on the canyon walls. This time the cable goes up a large bolder, with footholds chiseled into the rock. This crossing is steep, but safe. After you stair-step the rock, itís time to climb a small ladder over a much smaller bolder. Sit down and take a break while you take in the stunning Corona Arch. Often called "Little Rainbow Bridge." the arch is 140 feet tall, with a 105-foot opening. Walk through the arch and feel small, with a big grin.

Getting there: From Highway 191, take the Potash Road (Highway 279) and drive about 10 miles south to the trailhead turnoff. The trail is marked at the parking lot.


-- Text and graphic by Steve Baker (baker@sltrib.com)

Region: Southeast Utah

Destination: Corona Arch

Distance: 2.5 miles

Time: 1 hours 30 minutes

Elevation Gain: 370 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes, on leash

Restrooms: No

Biking: No

GPS Location: 38.5798182, -109.6200434

Difficulty: 2


First published 2006-05-18