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Grandstaff Hiking Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (76) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.5

KM

97%

Runnable

4,295' 1,309 m

High

3,998' 1,219 m

Low

314' 96 m

Up

314' 96 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

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Features River/Creek · Views

Hiking and running only.

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.

Need to Know

Responsible Recreation:
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.

Runner Notes

Map
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.

Contacts

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Nicholas Shannon

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 76 votes

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  4.5 from 76 votes
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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 Grandstaff 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 Grandstaff 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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Nov 28, 2020
Jonah Petoskey
4.3mi
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
Hieronymus Bosch
Dec 26, 2018
Matt Stoub
Awesome run. Pretty casual trail. 4.5mi
Nov 3, 2018
Sheri Rosa