By now, you’ve probably seen the video of “the world’s largest rope swing,” filmed by Devin Graham. The video features a group of young adults jumping from an arch, and swinging through the air from a rope. Filmed on location at Corona Arch, the video showcases an incredibly rich, scenic landscape in the world-famous red rock country of Moab. Let’s take a closer look at the area.
A 1 ½ mile hike through Bootlegger Canyon will lead you to Corona Arch where the rope swing video was filmed. Also known as “Little Rainbow Bridge”, this arch is located in the vicinity of Bowtie Arch, and is easily accessible by foot.
The trail is well-maintained, but provides little shade during the hot summer months, so it’s recommended to hike during the late evening or early morning hours to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
Check the latest Utah road conditions reports before you head out on the road. Take U.S. 191 north from the town of Moab over the Colorado River. Continue to S.R. 279 and head west, following the highway for about 10 miles to the trailhead marked “Corona Arch.” Also be sure to find the Utah weather reports and forecasts for this area. Red rock country is notorious for flash floods, so it’s best to be prepared for inclement weather.
Starting at the Corona Arch Trailhead, the trail will climb east towards a railroad track. There’s a slickrock bench beyond the tracks, and then the route will continue northeast to a sandstone cliff. The arch can be seen beyond an exposed section of trail east of the base of that cliff.
Follow the cliff base towards a safety cable and set of moki steps carved into a buttress. Word of caution: a fall from this point would be deadly, so use extreme caution.
With breathtaking views, impressive colors of red, yellow and orange against the blue skies, and invigorating hikes, Bootlegger Canyon and Corona Arch are definitely on an outdoor enthusiast’s list of favorite destinations.
image by Dan Bock