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Corona Arch near Moab

Corona Arch is a partly freestanding arch, 140' by 105' made of Navajo Sandstone. The road leading to it is located just north of Moab at a junction with U.S. Route 191, turning off onto State Route 279 known locally as Potash Road and from the trailhead is a 1.5 mile walk up Bootlegger Canyon. There is a fairly well defined path with small cairns indicating the route and although it's an easy walk, there is slickrock.Corona Arch is sometimes called "Little Rainbow Bridge" but it certainly isn't little and from a photographers point of view it's better as you can walk under it to catch different light. En route to the arch you pass Bowtie Arch. The highway was constructed in 1962-1963 to serve the potash mine and it follows an extremely gorgeous route and in 1963 was one of four finalists in a competition for most scenic highway opened to traffic that year. At the start of the walk you cross over the Potash Railroad Spur which was constructed in 1964 and connects with the mainline at Crescent Junction. On crossing the rail tracks you can see the start of a one mile tunnel they constructed so it could link up and it's quite impressive.


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