River/Creek · Views
Hiking and running only.
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.
Need to Know
It is important to stay on the trail. Our trails are surrounded by living soil called Biocrust. Off-trail travel damages the deserts delicate ecosystem for decades after. Find out more about our soil from local non-profit: sciencemoab.org/radio/
Portable toilet systems are required in Grand County. Be prepared to carry human waste out on the trail. Human waste takes over a year to decompose in the desert. This keeps it clean for everyone running after you. Buy one at any of our local gear shops before your run.
Temperatures can reach upwards of 100 degrees on the trail. Exposure to the sun is extreme. Always run with enough water and electrolytes for the length of your run and the temperature of the season. It is important to have more water than you might expect.
Always let someone know where you are and when you expect to be back. Cell service is limited. Always stay found. If lost, stay where you are.
USGS Quad: Moab, Utah
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.
Shared By: Nicholas Shannon