a politically correct scale of 1 to 10, Negro Bill Canyon
gets a 1. It has kept its name for historical reasons
and a reminder to current and future generations of
the climate and insensitivity of the early 20th century
here. The canyon was named for the early 19th century
African American pioneer William Granstaff who grazed
his cattle here.
is a very popular trail in Moab. It follows a year round
stream through a deep sandstone canyon among willows
and cottonwoods and sandy trails for several miles until
you reach a natural stone arch called Morning Glory
Natural Bridge. The arch is 243 feet which makes it
the sixth largest span for an arch in the country. However,
it is only about 10 to 15 feet from the canyon wall.
The hike to the arch is about 4.5 miles round trip and
fairly easy. You should plan on 2 1/2 to 3 hours round
trip. The elevation of the trailhead is 3,980 ft and
the arch is 4,380 ft. Our dog Bubba loves this trail
cause he can swim along most of the trail.
Location: On Utah Scenic Byway 128, three miles
east of junction with U.S. 191.
of Hike: 2 miles to Morning Glory Bridge; allow
4 hours round trip.
of Hike: Constructed trail with several stream crossings.
This is a hiking-only trail.
Attractions: Year-round stream in scenic canyon.
Morning Glory Natural Bridge, which has a span of 243
feet, is the sixth longest natural rock span in the
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.
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. 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.
There is poison ivy in Negro Bill Canyon. Beware
of shiny 3 leafed plants especially near water sources.
Also, there are leeches in the stream, not harmful but
check your pets or your legs if you take a dip.
Bubba swimming in Negro Bill