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hiking
9 hours ago

It is an easy trail that meanders along the creek. The water crossings are all easy - lots of good rocks in place. I never made it to the bridge because of all the ice on the trail. But it was a nice walk. I bet it is amazing in the summer - lush and shaded.

hiking
5 days ago

Really great hike up the canyon. Would strongly suggest grippers/yak tracks. Very icy in several spots and crossed the creek several times. Nice views of canyon walls all the way and great arch at the end. We really enjoyed it. Would highly recommend it.

Kids love the mines at the end of the trail. Great shade on a hot day!
Gets cool at the mines after September.

It speaks highly of a trail if it can be even more spectacular in the snow and winter as it is in the other months.  This is that trail and more.  As I was walking, I was shocked at the Grandness of this hike.  I wondered, how do you ever describe this?  The river is so beautiful that you get to walk along and cross over multiple times.  The cliffs are just huge and GRAND in their size and they are in front of you, and on both sides of you.   Even though it is hard to come up with words, I will say I I thought the Grandness paralleled the Grandness of God.  I will warn that you really need spikes on this trail. I hike a lot and am pretty careful, but right at the beginning of the trail there was a piece of ice, (I hadn't got started long enough for me to even think I should get my spikes on), and Bam I was on my bum. Broke my tailbone. Definitely got my spikes on fast after that. There are spots to take you up higher and Dodge some of the scary ice, so watch for those side trails. also make sure your wearing a waterproof shoe/boot, or sock. You cross the river lots of times, and you will be super lucky if you don't get your foot in the water, so just make sure you have waterproof gear to keep dry. I did a 360 degree street view trail here. You can check it out on Google Earth, or on my blog.

https://www.shaunasadventures.com/2019/01/360-adventure-grandstaff-canyon-trail.html?m=1

21 days ago

We hiked this on a very cold (15-23 degrees) day in January. It’s an interesting trail that meanders around and across a stream (multiple times) at the bottom of the canyon. While some others made it without micro spikes, we were very glad to have them, especially in the first quarter mile where there were some sheets of solid ice across the trail.

Just before you get to the arch, there is a very cold shaded spot. We did not get to the arch early enough for the sun; it was already behind the canyon wall, but we still thought it was worth seeing.

There were parents with young children who made it (slowly, they said) without micro spikes, but ours made us feel very confident.

We really enjoyed the hike and think you should go!

Fun hike and easy multiple water crossings. The bridge at end is a must see.

A great opportunity to experience grand views along this rim hike loop. Of course, the highlight is the gooseneck bend in the Colorado River!

off road driving
1 month ago

Great scenery! Easy drive.

hiking
1 month ago

if you have been to Canyonlands National Park, you can skip this. It does have some nice view points. It is flat. But it is not much different.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve trekked in Grand Junction. Pictures don’t do it justice. The end of the trail stops at a massive quartz/mica structure that’s fun to climb around. The hike is also fairly easy. VERY IMPORTANT: this trailhead is NOT in the Colorado National Monument. You can get to this trail by going through the monument, however it’s much easier to follow along monument drive just past the vets office and turn on D road, then turn on Rosevale and drive all the way down Rosevale until you see Little Park Rd, take Little Park Rd to Bangs Canyon trailhead where you will arrive at the Mica Mines trailhead.

off road driving
2 months ago

My family loved this way of getting to know Canyonlands NP. We did not have any trouble with our Subaru Outback. Really worth it, but I would be really hesitant to drive it if the weather is not forgiving

fun trail for the kids and doggie. my 6 year old loved it.

It's awesome! Not really a hike, but great views

love this hike.
take water with you.
be ready to carry small children .yes seriusly dont get fooled by some other reviews ... :-) under age 5 is a hard and long hike for litle ones.
keep eye on children some pople thinks they dog dont need a leash and dogs run front off them by a half a miles

This trail is GREAT!! Recommend going early, as soon as the sun rises, though you could go a bit earlier as the easiest part of the trail is in the beginning, to beat the crowds. I went shortly after sunrise and met tons of people on the way back.
DEFINITELY worth hiking!! Very dog friendly

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike this time of year. The aspens are changing and the golden leaves cover the ground, most were full of frost even at 4pm! I wasn’t expecting the trickle of water that comes out of the rock at the base of the arch. What a surprise! Well worth the drive out of Moab.

on Grandstaff Trail

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I did this today with our 2 year old and had an amazing time! We made it to morning glory bridge which was beautiful. Easy going all around but a few scrambles and river crossings that took some time with our 2 year old, great to have a few people there if taking kids for safety. Will be back!

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice, but long walk, especially if you are strategically planning your creek crossings. Right now, the creek is low enough that you could probably do the whole hike without getting your feet wet as long as you planned your crossings carefully and channeled your inner gazelle. But, there are lots of chances to slip up and so the odds are pretty good that will eventually end up with at least one foot in the water. The last 20 feet to the waterfall does require that you walk in the water, but I took off my shoes for that part. I saw 2 other people the entire 3 to 4 hours I was in the canyon.

The driving directions as I got them from the AllTrails app were exactly correct, but it seemed like the actual hike is shown incorrectly. Professor Valley road is a couple miles before the signed Onion Creek Road if you are coming from Moab. When you get to the end of Professor Valley road, there are two parking areas right next to each other, and if you park in the last one the well-marked Sylvester trailhead is to the right. On the left there is a trail running down into a wash and then up the other side. That's the right one. You need to stay alongside the creek the whole way. In the first mile or so, don't get fooled into going down any of the washes away from the running creek, even if you see footprints or horse tracks. I made that mistake and had to backtrack. Just under a mile before you reach the waterfall, there is a side canyon that you could explore if you wanted to climb up a makeshift rope ladder someone has placed to get up over a large boulder.

hiking
2 months ago

My fav hike to bring newbies to. Super kid & dog friendly. And you get a fun reward at the end!

Quick and easy day hike with lots of good views and 4-5 water crossings

off road driving
2 months ago

Who is the jeep and start off our day on this trail I had a great time! Great views and easy 4 x 4 driving

Great trail. Lots of water crossing so wear footwear that you don’t mind getting wet. Imagine it would be difficult at higher water levels. Arch at the end is worth the trip.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail! Shade and several creek crossings made this a very enjoyable hike in the afternoon. Fun to see a group repelling off the natural bridge at the end too. My 4 kids had no problem navigating this one. We saw lots of dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful canyon scenery with a massive stone bridge at the end. I was not expecting it to be so large. Definitely a moderate hike, there are a lot of creek crossings.

This was an amazing trail. 5 minute drive outside of the arches visitor center. Not nearly as high traffic as the park. Remarkably beautiful and if you go later into the day (just before sunset) you’ll have the canyon and it’s views to yourself.

3 months ago

Lovely trail! sunset was really nice here

This trail is amazing.. Waterfalls scenic views and a wonderful arch.. Even a mini cave. Do yourself a favor and hike this trail!!

really nice hike. not busy lots of beautiful scenery, and interesting path. you zig zag across the river/stream, and we managed to stay pretty dry by rock hopping, but saw a lot of people with water sandals too.

overall, loved this one, definitely recommend.

off road driving
4 months ago

Very cool trail to start with when visiting Moab.

off road driving
4 months ago

We went to visit Canyonlands and stopped at the visitors center because I was interested in some off road trails. The ranger suggested this trail, I have a stock 2010 4Runner, I would recommend a high clearance vehicle even though I can only remember maybe 3-4 spots that required good tire placement to keep your vehicle from bottoming out. Even though all the over looks in the park where awesome, nothing matched up to driving this trail. Family friendly (will be bumpy), took about 2 hours but you’ll want to give yourself more because your going to be stopping a lot. I would consider this an off the grid type trail so be prepared for anything.

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