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Trail

4.1 mile 6.5 kilometer loop
97% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 314' 96 m
Descent: -314' -96 m
High: 4,295' 1,309 m
Low: 3,998' 1,219 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Nicholas Shannon

A splendid canyon jaunt culminating with the sixth longest natural rock span in the U.S.

Nicholas Shannon

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Overview

The Grandstaff Hiking Trail features a perennial stream in its scenic canyon. Morning Glory Natural Bridge, which has a span of 243 feet, is the sixth longest natural rock span in the United States.

Runner Notes

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USGS Quad: Moab, Utah

Description

From the parking area next to Utah 128, follow the trail up the left side of the stream. Keep going upstream for about 1.5 miles.

Morning Glory Natural Bridge is located at the end of the second side canyon on the right. The trail forks just below this canyon. Follow the trail to the right, cross the stream and ascend a steep slope. Morning Glory Bridge is located at the end of the trail about 0.5 miles up the canyon from the stream.

Flora & Fauna

Do NOT touch the poison ivy that grows below the pool under the bridge! Poison ivy plants have dark green, shiny leaves with serrated edges in clusters of three.

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May 8, 2019
Gregory Sanche
4.1mi — 13h 00m
Mar 2, 2019
Knightsof Never
Dec 26, 2018
Matt Stoub
Awesome run. Pretty casual trail. 4.5mi
Nov 3, 2018
Sheri Rosa
Oct 20, 2018
Mandy Robison
Busy. Creek crossings. Beautiful. Sandy.
Sep 18, 2018
Madelynn Scherrer
Ran with Dan, sand and heat kicked our butts! Very worth it! 4.1mi
Apr 23, 2018
Keradactyl
Ran with nick and the Rasta man! 4.1mi
Jan 28, 2018
Mike Brevoort
Loved this run, beautiful canyon run

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 55 votes

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Amy White
Seattle, WA
Amy White   Seattle, WA
There are about 5 times when you have to cross the stream going up the canyon. If it isn't too high you can rock hop and keep your feet dry. Once you rise out of the canyon at about 1.5 miles the views are beautiful. There is poison ivy in quite a number of places along the creek. Be sure you know how to recognize it and avoid it. Jun 5, 2016

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