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Corona Arch

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Corona Arch - Moab, Utah

Photo by Ron McEwan
Inset photo by Thomas Dence

Corona Arch Rappeller      Moab, one of Utah’s great outdoor adventure towns, is parked in the center of some of the state grandest desert scenery. Not only situated between two national parks, the area is filled with plenty of smaller, but no less dramatic sites to explore. Canyonlands and Arches national parks may be the "granddaddies" of this special red-rock country, but the other stirring sights include the Deadhorse State Park, the Manti-La Sal Mountains and the always impressive Upper Colorado River Valley.
      Arches National Park features the world’s greatest cluster of natural rock arches, but more of these natural wonders are spread throughout this canyonland country. Found along Potash Mine Road (S.R. 279) between milepost 5 and 6, Corona and Bowtie arches are two more of the area’s special features. Constructed by nature’s own workshop, Corona Arch appears as one of the best examples of a rock arch. Arch hunters will find this one protruding from a cliff wall into an open amphitheater in Bootlegger Canyon. Its smooth shaped opening spreads over a hundred feet, offering a dramatic view from either side. It’s a mile and a half hike over an old roadbed and across a barren slickrock landscape. It’s a fairly easy hike, and it’s well worn trail is well marked with cairns. Most cautionary notes for this area address sun exposure, dehydration, slickrock surfaces, steep drop-offs, and an all too often cavalier approach in pushing the envelope.

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