Dog Friendly Alternative to Arches National Park
If you are looking for a dog friendly alternative trail to Arches National Park, check out Corona & Bowtie Arch Trail located a little over 20 minutes from downtown Moab, Utah.
FYI, Arches National Park only allows dogs on paved roads, meaning dogs are not allowed on any trails. Corona Arch is located outside of Arches National Park and therefore it is less trafficked and leashed pets are allowed.
Corona & Bowtie Arch Trail
Location: Moab, Utah. (Our Google Maps worked fine to get us here)
Length: 3 miles roundtrip (1.5-3hrs).
Difficulty: Moderate (it is classified as easy on AllTrails but we considered it moderate).
Elevation Gain: 400ft
Dog Friendly: Yes, but there are steep areas/drop offs, one small ladder, and several chains, and steps carved into the sandstone.
Kid Friendly: Yes, but see above.
What to Bring: A backpack to have your hands free for the chains and ladder filled with water. There is not much shade so bring a hat and wear hiking boots or trail runners.
Parking: Several spaces located at the trailhead
Restroom: Yes, at the trailhead
Best time to hike: Spring, Fall, Winter
The trail is easy to follow, look for the green marks on the ground. The trailhead starts at the parking lot with steps up a mountain. You will then see the railroad tracks, walk across them and you will see a barbed wire fence with an entrance. Here is where you will encounter the few shaded areas during your hike. Keep walking until you find a chained area.
The first chain helps you with a steep area, the second chain helps you climb up the steps carved into the sandstone. You will then find a small ladder. You are able to stop here as you can see both arches or you can keep going. You will pass up Bowtie first on the left then you can walk down to Corona Arch.
Corona Arch is 140 foot wide by 105 foot tall. It is such a great alternative if you are already in Moab and can’t make it to Arches National Park.
Pothole arches are formed when water collects and eventually cuts through the sandstone, creating a hole. We have never seen anything like this, so cool right?
In conclusion, if you are looking for a dog friendly hike in Moab, Utah check out Corona & Bowtie Arch Trail. Make sure to wear your hiking boots or trail shoes as the trail could be slippery.
Do the hike early morning if going during the summer, we went early October around 11-12m and it was already hot and there is barely any shade. Don’t forget to bring lots of water!
If you are bringing your pet, don’t forget to bring plenty of water for them. Our dog is not used to hikes so we kept her in the backpack but we did see several dogs throughout the hike.