Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
5.75 mi (9.25 km)
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This beautiful hike leads through Negro Bill Canyon on the Grandstaff Trail, which is named for 19th-century settler William Grandstaff, the first African-American cattleman in the Moab region. He corralled his herd within this canyon along the Colorado River and lived as a member of the Moab community. Today, the canyon bears his nickname as known to other locals during that time, and the trail his actual surname. Granstaff Campground, a good camping option right across the highway, is named after him as well.

The trail through this canyon makes a nice half-day trip right outside of Moab through some spectacular redrock scenery along a cool, flowing stream. The highlight is, of course, the proud Morning Glory Arch that spans a wide alcove in the back of the canyon.

The trail is well-traveled and easy to follow. It is an easy walk that is suitable for families, though there are a few sets of rock stairs to navigate. Also, it requires crossing the ankle-deep stream several times, so wear shoes that can get wet. Beware of excessive heat during the summer, because much of this wide canyon stays in the sun. Take advantage of pools for taking a refreshing dip, but bring plenty of drinking water because there is none available.

When you reach Morning Glory Arch, enjoy your reward of a fantastic view and shady respite. Don't be alarmed to see ropes coming off the arch and people lowering from above. This spot is also is the final rappel for Ephedra's Grotto, a thrilling slot canyon that is popular for guided adventure trips.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Beautiful natural arch. Cool stream. Close to town.

Cons

Heat. Crowds.

Trailhead Elevation

4,100.00 ft (1,249.68 m)

Net Elevation Gain

200.00 ft (60.96 m)

Features

Rock climbing
Waterfalls
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide + Map

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