Grandstaff Trail

MODERATE 211 reviews
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Grandstaff Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
416 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

river

At the end of this hike you come to Morning Glory Natural Bridge. The arch is only separated from the cliff behind it by 15 feet, so it is not as spectacular or photogenic as some other arches in the area that are not as big. When you stand directly underneath the span 75 feet above you, it is a very impressive piece of rock. On the list it is ranked 5th largest span in the world. Note: Be mindful of poison ivy along this trail.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

You can get to the trailhead in under 10 minutes from Main St in Moab, so this is a pretty accessible hike. For the most part, it's very mellow, but in the middle there are a bunch of stream crossings and you can easily lose the trail (and get you feet wet if you are not agile). In my opinion, Morning Glory Bridge is not that great a payoff at the end, but the scenery around the canyon, especially as you are coming back, is great. I did not notice the poison ivy, along the way, so we'll see if that comes back to haunt me.

1 month ago

Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Quite busy on a Saturday morning.

1 month ago

loved the colorful landscape! arch was awesome at end!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike! A varied, well traveled trail through gorgeous stream beds and little forests. A big change from the dry, exposed hikes in the area with a very cool payoff at the end. Not very challenging, but figuring out some of the stream crossings was a headscratcher at points. Perfect for a sunny day-- most of the trail is shaded!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this short-ish hike! Many stream crossings and poison ivy, but a great hike next to a stream up a cool canyon leading to an arch. Myself and hiking partner didn't find it difficult, but does require some balance on the stream crossings.

2 months ago

Much harder trail than described in several publications. If you have any balance issues this is not the trail for you. You have to scramble up several rock outcroppings and cross a stream nine times. Most people seem to enjoy it we did not.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike but much more difficult than we expected. Crossed the stream 9 times. Some were difficult crossings. A couple large ricks to navigate. Worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with a stunning view of the natural bridge at the end. There are 9 stream crossings (careful and you keep your feet dry) and the hike is quite a bit longer than 4.3 miles. We mapped it closer to 6.6 miles and didn’t really go off trail. Awesome hike for the dogs!

hiking
2 months ago

Joli canyon

2 months ago

wonderful hike along a beautiful creek. There are multiple water crossing, which are easy to manipulate, ending in a canyon with a nice up close view of an arch.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike! A lot of water crossings. Have hiked this twice this summer!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Liked it better than most trails in Arches. Note: It's ISNT in Arches, the trail head is in Lions Park, right between the town of Moab and the entrance to Arches. You cross back and forth over the stream a few times. If it's going to be a hot day, do it early. If you're in Moab and you don't hike this trail, you're probably a commie.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this hike! Challenging (we're in our 60's), but not too hard. So incredibly beautiful, I would highly recommend this hike!

3 months ago

Great hike! One of my favorites, the bridge at the end is incredible! Pretty easy, it's really refreshing to walk in the little river! wonderful trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Great! We went in at about 11am with two dogs but he way back was a bit hot for their paws so I would definitely go a little earlier next time. The water was super refreshing for both pups and humans. The waterfall was dried up but that is to be expected during late summer

3 months ago

"lightly trafficked" ???

3 months ago

I wasn't able to complete the whole trail but did walk in about 2 miles and it was absolutely breathtaking! At 9am in the morning, it was mostly in the shade with lots of opportunities to get your feet wet or let your dogs soak in the water. Great views, being shady and having several creek crossings makes this an excellent trail.

3 months ago

Plenty of shade and tons of creek wading'

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