Long Bow Arch
Remember how I have always claimed my favorite hike to be dog-friendly Corona Arch? Well to both my surprise and yours, I have a new favorite. Corona has recently boomed in popularity, just like nearby Negro Bill Canyon (home to Morning Glory Arch). Corona is so popular that I now have to find other short alternatives that I can get a bit more peace and quiet on the trail.
Actually, I debated even sharing this hike on the blog because there are still some places I like to keep myself. But because there was more traffic at this trailhead than I originally anticipated I figure it is only a matter of time before it really gets discovered. Without further adieu, I present to you, Long Bow Arch.
- Drive 4.2 miles north of Moab on Highway 191
- Turn left on Utah 279 (Potash Road)
- Drive 5.9 more miles
- Pull off the paved road and onto a dirt road on your right at the sign saying Poison Spider Trail and Dinosaur Tracks
- The parking lot is just at the top of the short dirt road about 200 feet up.
- Passenger cars and low clearance vehicles should have no problem parking at this trailhead.
About 1,000 feet before the turn off to the trail is a campground on the right-hand side of the road. This is Williams Bottom Campground and is a first come, first served campground. You can easily walk to the trailhead from camping here if you wish.
The trail begins just to the right of the restroom and follows a well-worn footpath.
The first 2/10 of a mile you will be greeted by both dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs, remember how I explained this trail was a lot of bang for your buck?
Below is one of my favorite petroglyphs I have ever come across. To me, it looks like a hunter with a bow and arrow about to get an elk or a jackalope.
The dinosaur tracks do have a sign pointing them out. There are two spots with tracks at the beginning of this hike. The ones on the rock below are the most prominent of them and those big prints are a dinosaur that would have been about five and a half feet tall at the hip. I think I am a little glad that they are not still roaming about.After viewing the petroglyphs along the wall you will come to a little section you need to climb up. Don't worry there is metal hand holds in place to assist you. Our three dogs were able to easily scurry up and down so don't worry you can still bring your furry friends. After all, dogs are meant for adventures!
After that little climb you will continue hiking along the path up the gully.
Eventually, you will come upon a slick rock plateau and if you turn around you will get to take in some gorgeous views of the La Sal Mountains.
This section of trail passes right by the Poison Spider Jeep Trail so you will want to be wary if your dogs are off leash that they don't run over towards any motorized vehicles. You will be following the green paint markers to take you back further along the trail to the arch. You can see in the picture below the green mark on the slick rock just before the sandy section of trail.
The rest of the trail you will be alternating as you walk up this canyon between slick rock and sandy trail. You should be able to see the path well and will be aiming towards the alcove section of rock wall in the middle of the photo below. No this is not Long Bow arch but may be a future arch one day as the wind keeps cutting down layers in the sandstone.
As you approach that canyon you will turn right and go up the canyon just before and be able to see long bow arch in the distance.
Keep following this side canyon and the trail will lead you to right underneath long bow arch.
I did this new hike twice in one week I loved it so much and had to share its beauty. The photo below is a different perspective of Long Bow from my second hike up there.
Below are two maps showing a couple different views of the trails. We did this during the late afternoon the first week of March and the high of 48 degrees and sunshine made this the perfect temperature for this hike.