• Activities:

    Chillin, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    4.8 Miles

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Get amazing views of one the larges natural bridges in the U. S.4.8 mile hike roundtrip. Escape the crowds at Arches.

The Negro Bill Canyon trail is 2.4 miles to Morning Glory Bridge and can take anywhere between 3-5 hours round trip. Negro Bill Canyon is nestled right along the Colorado River in Moab, UT. This easy hike takes you to the 6th longest natural bridge in the United States, Morning Glory Bridge. Breathtaking views of this bridge can be seen at the end of trail where you are stand right below it.

This easy trail takes you to amazing views of one of the largest natural bridges in the United States. It is just outside of Arches National Park, yet you wont run into many crowds.

Bring shoes that can get wet since you will be crossing the water a couple of times. And keep an eye out for poison ivy; there's a lot of it on this trail.

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  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoes you can get wet
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Like everyone else, I definitely think this trail is pretty crowded. However, it is still a super nice trail. It's nice for a trail run too, if you're looking for a mild, flat run!

8 months ago
8 months ago

Great trail close to Moab. It has recently been renamed "Grandstaff Canyon" (which was Bill's last name). Morning Glory Arch is spectacular. Do not expect solitude on this trail - it's a popular one! As others have mentioned, be careful on the numerous water crossings (or wear water shoes).

11 months ago
11 months ago

Did this hike while visiting the parks in Moab! Enjoyed having the trail to ourselves despite a holiday weekend!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is an easy hike but do not underestimate the stream crossings and remember, only one foot on a rock at a time! Morning Glory Bridge is a nice reward at the end of this hike. We saw two men rappelling from it when we arrived and that was actually the highlight of the hike!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

A pair of friends and I visited Negro Bill Canyon a couple years back in the dead of winter - stunning scenery, and a hike easy enough for the newbies but challenging enough that I didn't feel like I was being "babied". But - while trying to cross a stream on the way to Morning Glory Bridge, one of us slipped and planted a foot ankle-deep in a stream, and since it was below freezing she turned back to the car. And then on the return FROM Morning Glory Bridge, I did exactly the same thing at exactly the same stream. It's easier than you think. This is also why my friends and I, who were slightly uneasy about the canyon's name, now call it "Dunkfoot Gulch".

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

If you do this from the top down you'll get to experience two fun rappels. Make sure you go with a guided group or friends with experience if you're new to canyoneering.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Tyler McFall

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