Swinging Off Utah’s Corona Arch
Just folks having fun and letting loose on the world’s largest rope swing at Corona Arch in Moab, Utah.
It’s become the newest and most popular pendulum destination for thrill seekers. The red sandstone formation’s popularity has risen over the past few years with the arch becoming known as “The Granddaddy of all Cheap Thrills” after climbers used their equipment to set up a giant rope swing last year.
Thanks to this viral video dubbed “World’s Largest Rope Swing” garnering over 19 million views, adrenaline junkies everywhere have been jumping off and swinging wild while tethered to climbing ropes.
Commercial tour companies even started rope swinging trips to Corona until they were recently banned. Nonetheless, the arch has remained open to individual swingers, hikers, climbers, partygoers, and weekend warriors– as long as they use their own private rigs.
Officials from the agency that manage the land the arch is on, the Utah Trust Lands Administration, said they can’t outright ban or prevent visitors from swinging from the arch, but will continue to emphasize its potential dangers: they’ve posted a sign warning of “severe injury or death even if your equipment works.”
That may change very soon. Due to the unfortunate death of a young jumper who miscalculated the length of his rope and fell to his death on Sunday, the days of swinging off the arch may be darkening.
Be safe. What goes up must come down and not necessarily gently, either. Don’t let this happen to you.