Negro Bill Canyon Trail

Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Utah

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain711ft
Trailhead Elevation3,987ft
Top4,335ft
Elevation Min/Max3971/4335ft
Elevation Start/End3987/3987ft

Negro Bill Canyon Trail

Negro Bill Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Grand County, Utah. It is within Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 3,987 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 711 feet. The Trailhead Negro Bill Canyon Trail information is near the trailhead. There are also parking and restrooms. The View on Morning Glory Bridge viewpoint can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Morning Glory Arch attraction.

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Best Easy Day Hikes the Four Corners (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"The 4.6-mile round-trip Negro Bill Canyon Trail is a gem located very close to downtown Moab. As if the drive to the trail along the Colorado River wasn’t enough, the trail takes hikers to the 243-foot-long Morning Glory Natural Bridge. The bridge is the sixth longest in the United States. During early spring hikers might consider bringing a pair of sandals or water shoes as the trail crosses the year-round stream numerous times along the hike." Read more
"William Grandstaff (or Granstaff, depending on which historical resources you consult), the man for whom this canyon was named, had an interesting history—at least what we know of it. The first black settler in the Moab area, he ran cattle here during the late 1870s, primarily using the canyon that now bears at least part of his name." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Moab (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"This excellent hike up lush Negro Bill Canyon leads to a side canyon and Morning Glory Natural Bridge, a spectacular rock formation. The 4.2-mile round-trip hike up Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Bridge is simply one of the best easy hikes in the Moab area. The trail has it all—gorgeous scenery with towering Navajo sandstone cliffs, thick vegetation and shade along the canyon floor, a perennial stream that flows year-round, and a dramatic natural bridge, one of the longest stone spans in the United States, at trail’s end." Read more
Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert
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"A delightful day hike in a slickrock canyon in the Negro Bill Wilderness Study Area. The hiker-only trail winds through the canyon to Morning Glory Arch, the sixth largest natural bridge in the United States. It’s a fine place for beginning hikers and children, with Morning Glory Arch just off the canyon’s main section only 2 miles from the trailhead. The well-marked trail follows the canyon bottom, crossing the stream several times. Usually you can hop this perennial stream, but there may be some crossings where your feet get wet." Read more
Hiking the Four Corners (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"The 4.6-mile round-trip Negro Bill Canyon Trail is another gem located very close to downtown Moab. As if the drive to the trail along the Colorado River wasn’t enough, the trail takes hikers to the 243-foot-long Morning Glory Natural Bridge. The bridge is the sixth-longest in the United States. During early spring hikers might consider a pair of sandals or water shoes as the trail crosses the year-round stream numerous times along the hike. This 4.6-mile round-trip hike starts just above the banks of the Colorado River east 243-foot-long natural bridge, the sixth-largest natural rock span in North America. Remember, the bridge is located in the second side canyon on the right, not in Negro Bill Canyon." Read more
Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Dayna Stern
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"Of all the hikes your dog will do in Utah, this is bound to be a favorite. The stunning red rock walls, perennial stream, and natural bridge at the end of the hike make for a spectacular half-day outing." Read more

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4/10/2009
Great day hike. Beautiful arch at the end of the canyon makes this a worth while hike. FYI. You cross a lot of streams and hike in sand for a lot of the time so prepare with water shoes or chacos..I hiked this in socks and hiking shoes and my feet did not like the constant wetness.
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4/15/2008
A gorgeous little canyon, with a permanent stream. The green lushness here is such a sharp contrast to the barren desert that surrounds it.
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Trail Information

Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area
Nearby City
Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office
Local Contacts
USGS Moab
Local Maps