Dog Friendly Moab: Corona Arch, Alternative to Delicate Arch

Moab, Utah, is a natural playground that attracts adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Known for its red rock formations, arches, and canyonlands, it’s a paradise for hiking, biking, rock climbing, overloading, & base jumping. But what if you want to explore this otherworldly landscape with your furry friend? Unfortunately, not all trails and parks are dog friendly, which can make planning your trip a bit challenging. Delicate Arch, for instance, is not dog friendly Moab…

The Delicate Arch trail is located in Arches National Park, which has strict pet policies to protect the wildlife and delicate ecosystem of the area. Dogs are not allowed on hiking trails, and they can’t be left unattended in vehicles. If you’re a dog owner, this can be a bit disappointing, especially if seeing Delicate Arch was high on your bucket list.

The Dog Friendly Moab Hiking Alternative: Corona Arch

Worry not! There’s an equally spectacular arch that you can visit with your four-legged friend: Corona Arch. Situated outside of Arches National Park, the trail leading to Corona Arch is Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, which means dogs are allowed as long as they’re on a leash.

How to Get There

The trailhead for Corona Arch is located approximately 10 miles from Moab along Potash Road (UT-279). Parking & a restroom are available near the trailhead. Make sure to bring enough water for both you and your pup, especially during the hot summer months.

The Hike

The trail to Corona Arch is a moderately challenging 3-mile round-trip hike that offers a little bit of everything: slickrock, sand, and even a couple of cable and ladder-assisted sections. Though these parts might be tricky for some dogs, most can manage with a little help from their human. The entire hike is incredibly scenic, winding through red rock canyons and offering views of the Colorado River.

You should be comfortable carrying your dog up and down a couple ladders if you want to do this hike. Maxine and I have done it several times without any issue (she’s a 45lb Aussie). The short 6′ ladder is no problem, you can even make your way around it by sliding down the rock. However, getting your pup up and down the steep chain section may be tough for people with large dogs that aren’t too nimble.

dogs can be lifted up this small ladder

6′ Ladder

Can be maneuvered around to the left of this image.
Steep chain hike will be tough for some pet owners

Steep Chain Section

No going around this guy. I put Maxine on my shoulder for this part of the hike.I have seen dogs climb it.

Moab’s Dog Friendly Arch – Corona Arch

Corona Arch is a massive sandstone formation with a beatuiful opening you can sit beneath to get shade.! It’s a wonderful spot for photos, picnics, and soaking in the desert landscape. Your dog will surely appreciate the new scents, sights, and exploring around the arch.

Corona Arch Dog Friendly Moab

Other Pet-Friendly Activities in Moab

  1. Looking Glass Arch: A lesser-known arch south of town. Offers climbing rappelling & base jumping
  2. Dead Horse Point State Park: Offers multiple dog-friendly viewpoints and trails.
  3. Moab Brewery: If you fancy a local brew after a day of hiking, this place is dog friendly in Moab.

Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

  1. Pack enough water and snacks for both you and your dog.
  2. Bring poop bags and always clean up after your pet.
  3. Check the weather. Hot sand and slickrock can be tough on your dog’s paws. Consider using doggie booties.
  4. Ensure your dog is fit for the hike. If in doubt, consult your vet.
Sitting under the arch with my dog Maxine


Moab’s landscapes are a must-see, and they’re even better when you can share them with your pup. While certain limitations can make it challenging for dog owners to explore, Corona Arch stands out as a pet-friendly, awe-inspiring alternative to Delicate Arch. So pack your hiking boots, grab a leash, and get hiking.

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