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Grandstaff Hiking Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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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Jan 19, 2020
Veronica Gerhard
Jul 8, 2019
Heather Anderson
Jun 29, 2019
Damo Hallee
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.

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 61 votes

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in Moab

#70

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  4.5 from 61 votes
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#14

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Great trail for a short run. Enjoy the arch at the end!
Nov 30, 2015 near Moab, UT
Morning Glory Arch is a nice treat after a hike in Negro Bill Canyon.
Nov 30, 2015 near Moab, UT
Roughly 275 feet in elevation change keeps this trail interesting.
Nov 30, 2015 near Moab, UT
Be careful when crossing the streams, the rocks can be slippery!
Nov 30, 2015 near Moab, UT
Racing to escape Negro Bill Canyon before a massive thunderstorm hits. Didn't quite make it. Next time, bring a rain shell! Photo - Michelle Smith
Apr 15, 2015 near Moab, UT
Morning Glory Bridge
Nov 28, 2017 near Moab, UT

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