This is a very popular short hike near Moab, Utah with a well-established trail.
Grandstaff 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 Grandstaff 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).
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.
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.
After around 1.9 miles, the trail goes into a side canyon.
Morning Glory Bridge comes to view in the distance.
Under the bridge.
No fees or permits needed.
Book: Hiking from here to Wow, Utah Canyon Country by Kathy & Craig Copeland
Map: Latitude 40 Maps, Classic Moab Trails