Explore the most popular trails in Negro Bill Canyon Wilderness Study Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

14 hours ago

Fun trail. Not a lot of traffic

hiking
snow
19 days ago

hiking
23 days 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
28 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.

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

1 month 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.

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
3 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
3 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!

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

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
4 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.

4 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!!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great trail all along until the last couple of miles where the trail narrows to 4 foot wide with plenty of boulders and near death fall to the right onto the Colorado...Otherwise it was AWESOME!

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.

on Grandstaff Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great moderate hike. Enough shade. Dog loved the water crossing!! Natural bridge was beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely no regrets. Went with my best girlfriend on a Tuesday afternoon around 3:30p early September. Definitely a hidden gem. We saw maybe 6 people on the hike. Amazing, surround-scenery experience from the valley viewpoint. It offers a nice combination of shade and open land. The end of the trail is like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Not well marked, but it wasn’t too much of a problem. Hope to go back in this lifetime again.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail!! Amazing to have the creek running through almost the entire way! Challenging and fun!

It was a lovely hike with tons of morning shade and refreshing stream that ran alongside the entire trail. The end of trial was a.bit anticlimactic. But I thought it was worth the time and effort.really busy on the day I was there.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic spot to get away from the heat and crowds at Arches. Cliffs and vegetation provide some shade along much of the trail route and there's several spots with water crossings. Moderate challenge for a young family hike that's not too long with great reward at the end (large arch and cool, shady canyon with water dripping from walls). Careful of poison ivy clusters.

hiking
5 months ago

Very scenic with multiple stream crossings that make the hike even more fun.

hiking
6 months ago

This has made its way to one of my favorite hiking trails. This is a moderate hike that includes navigating rocks, some climbing and crossing the creek several times (and sometimes there weren’t rocks to walk across so wear good hiking boots). I hiked alone but saw about a dozen people during the entire hike. There are some small signs and cairns along the trail to help keep you on course which I was thankful for at times. The arch and natural waterfall forcing its way between two rock faces was worth it at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! It's listed as 4.3 miles, but my recording was 5.1 miles. The views into the canyon are beautiful, and the natural bridge at the end of the canyon is awesome!

trail running
6 months ago

mostly soft sand, trail is signed and pretty easy to follow, flowing water even in late July and lots of vegetation....make sure you know what poison ivy looks like and you shouldn't have a problem avoiding it

Great trail with an amazing resting spot at the end. Took our 9 year old, lab and 22 month old on our back. Better to do this hike in the morning due to the heat. Our pooch had a hard time with her paws getting too hot. Plenty of areas to cool off as there is water all along the route. Even found a nice pool about 2 feet deep to play in. Perfect family hike!

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