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Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Natural Bridge

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Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.60991°N / 109.53376°W

Object Title: Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Natural Bridge

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Hike

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Page By: nader

Created/Edited: May 2, 2015 / Oct 27, 2017

Object ID: 937821

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Overview

Please excuse the inappropriate name. Unfortunately it continues to remain the official name of this canyon.

This is a very popular short hike near Moab, Utah with a well-established trail.

Negro Bill is a 9 mile long canyon that drains into Colorado River to the east of Moab, Utah. A trail starts on Route 128 and goes 1.9 miles up the canyon where it leaves Negro Bill Canyon going into a smaller side canyon to dead end at Morning Glory Natural Bridge. The bridge sits in front of a cliff making it difficult to see from far away. Once you walk under the bridge, you get to appreciate its impressive dimensions. With a length of 243 ft, Morning Glory Natural Bridge is the world’s 5th longest arch/natural bridge (see statistics).

Thanks to a stream, the bottom of the canyon is a lush riparian environment that is in contrast to the surrounding desert.

The trail is for hikers only (no mountain bikers).


Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Natural Bridge
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Getting There

From the junction of Routes 191 and 128 just north of Moab, Utah, drive 3 miles east on Route 128 to the well signed parking area.

Route Description

Trailhead Elevation: 3980 ft
Elevation at Morning Glory Bridge: 4300 ft
One Way Hiking Distance: 2.2 miles

Follow the trail at the bottom of the canyon crossing the stream a few times.

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After around 1.9 miles, the trail goes into a side canyon.

Canyon of Morning Glory Natural Bridge
 
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Morning Glory Bridge comes to view in the distance.

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Morning Glory Bridge at the end of the canyon


Under the bridge.

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Essential Gear & Red Tape

Hiking equipment.
No fees or permits needed.

External Links

Book: Hiking from here to Wow, Utah Canyon Country by Kathy & Craig Copeland

Map: Latitude 40 Maps, Classic Moab Trails

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Bill ReedNice page!

Bill Reed

Voted 10/10

Thanks for posting it. One of my favorite hikes in the Moab area. Wondered if it would be worth pointing out that this trail is for hikers only-no mountain bikes?
Posted May 5, 2015 10:32 am
naderRe: Nice page!

nader

Hasn't voted

Thank you.



Done.
Posted May 5, 2015 1:29 pm
Oscar68morning glory bridge

Oscar68

Voted 7/10

That looks like a cool trail through Negro Bill Canyon...that's a odd name....although its looks like a great 9 miler with stream...the natural bridge looks impressive with the red rock...you can probably walk across it after you climb up...



nice to visit one day....great pictures...
Posted May 16, 2015 11:38 am
naderRe: morning glory bridge

nader

Hasn't voted

Thanks for the vote and comment.



The trail to the bridge is only 2.2 miles long. The canyon, however, goes for 9 miles but going beyond the trail will probably require much bushwhacking.
Posted May 16, 2015 4:22 pm

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