GRANDSTAFF CANYON TRAIL
in 360 Degrees MOAB, UTAH
Grandstaff Canyon is definitely GRAND. (Previously called Negro Bill)
It speaks highly of a trail if it can be even more spectacular in the snow and winter as it is in the other months. This is that trail and more. As I was walking, I was shocked at the Grandness of this hike. I wondered, how do you ever describe this? The river is so beautiful that you get to walk along and cross over multiple times. The cliffs are just huge and GRAND in their size and they are in front of you, and on both sides of you. Even though it is hard to come up with words, I will say I I thought the Grandness paralleled the Grandness of God. I will say I was filled with awe. I felt humble and small, just as I feel when I think of our Heavenly Father, but our Heavenly Father does not want us to feel small, HE loves you more than you could possibly imagine, and that love is huge and GRAND like this canyon.
|River at Grandstaff Canyon Moab Utah|
HIKE DETAILS AND WARNINGS ABOUT GRANDSTAFF CANYON TRAIL.
- Hike is 4.3 miles long
- Moderate hike - Level 2
- Make sure you bring spikes for over shoes in winter
- Appropriate for ages 7 and up
- You cross the stream many times, so waterproof shoes are recommended.
- Only about 400 feet elevation gain.
I love hikes that are around 4-5 miles and have a WOW moment of something beautiful at the end. This trail perfectly fits that. It has this cool arch at the end. The 5 miles is a wonderful workout, yet it does not feel that long, for it is so interesting. You are constantly crossing rivers, and the terrain is fun to navigate. So now that you know that I really LOVED this trail, let me help you be aware of the dangers on this trail.
IF YOU HIKE THIS CANYON IN WINTER..
1. YOU NEED SPIKES OR CRAMPONS.
I always have my spikes or Crampons in my backpack when it is Winter Months, for they are SO handy to making slick trails very easy to handle. I headed out on this trail, and was barely out of the parking lot and hadn't even started the conversation with myself about putting on the Spikes when I hit a slab of ice and was on my but before I could even blink. Broke my tailbone again. (I am hopefully that I might have a chance to realign it though for it healed crocked last time. So looking on the positive side of things. ) I would be so appreciative if you considered checking out these spikes. I promise you will love having them on your next winter hike.
2. YOU NEED WATERPROOF SHOES, BOOTS, or SOCKS.
This trail crosses the river more times than I can remember. With that many crossings, you are bound to get your feet into the water at least once. I had my Waterproof Hoka One One Boots on, and even though I got a little more into the water I than would have hoped, my feet were still dry and happy.
MORNING GLORY NATURAL BRIDGE ARCH AT END OF GRANDSTAFF CANYON TRAIL
360 Degree Google Streetview Trail Walking Towards the Morning Glory Natural Bridge Arch
The arch is so close to the cliff wall behind, that you can miss it in the 360 image if you are not paying attention. It is to the just in front of me and to the right a little.
It is fun to see Morning Glory Natural Bridge arch from the front, but it is also fun to see it from above. Here is an image of the arch from above. You can see that there is only that 15 feet or so crack between the cliff behind it, and the arch in front.
|Google Earth Trail at Grandstaff Canyon Moab, Utah|
If you want to see just this area, you can click on this Google Earth Link, then the little dude in the bottom corner, then any blue line or dot to see more here at the arch.
Picture below is a straight on shot of the arch, probably not the smartest of shots, but it does show the light coming in from behind.
Front of Morning Glory Natural Bridge in Grandstaff Canyon Trail Moab, Utah
360 Degree Walk Around the Arch on Grandstaff Canyon Trail Moab, Utah
In the 360 degree walk above, you are right under the arch, so make sure you rotate to look up.
Here is Visit Utah site for Grandstaff Canyon trail.
Visit Utah's Link for Grandstaff Canyon
Grandstaff Canyon Trail Along the Stream
Grandstaff Canyon Trail with a Future Arch in the Mountain
360 Google Earth Trail in Grandstaff Canyon
|Cliffs and Future Arch in Grsandstaff Canyon|
|Cool Icicles on the side of the Stream in Grandstaff Canyon|
|Grandstaff Canyon Trail Along the Stream|
360 Google Earth Grandstaff Canyon Trail
ICICLES ALONG THE GRANDSTAFF CANYON TRAIL
|Grandstaff Canyon Trail Icicles Along Trail|
|Grandstaff Canyon Trail Along the Stream|
If you like hiking with GPS Coordinates, here is Utah.com website with some coordinates of this area.
|Cool Cove Area Along Grandstaff Canyon Trail|
|A Small Arch and Sunset Lighting along Grandstaf Canyon Trail Moab, Utah|
|Grandstaff Canyon Trail Moab, Utah|
Grandstaff Canyon Trail Google Earth Link
If you liked this hike, you could head down here and pair it with these
other MOAB AREA HIKES.
GRAND VIEW POINT ISLAND IN THE SKY MOAB UTAH
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
MESA ARCH Near Moab, Utah
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
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