Grandstaff Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily 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, walking, nature trips, and bird watching 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: 387 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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A beautiful hike. The arch is amazing and the hike is a nice moderate mix of easy trail, stream crossings, and scrambles. Pay attention, especially when crossing the river, it’s easy to get off track (but pretty hard to get completely lost). Some of the water crossings are tricky, so a stick and waterproof shoes are recommended for cold weather. Note that there are many different types of terrain: mud, sand, loose rock, rock scrambles and walking along the edge of the creek on sandstone. It’s all worth it for the view at the end! Take a lunch or a snack to eat in the shade under the arch. At the end of this hike you come to Morning Glory Natural Bridge (note there is a lot of poison ivy under the bridge and along the trail.) 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.

hiking
4 hours ago

Too many people. Ruined.

hiking
1 day ago

Fantastic trail for a pup!! Well marked trail following a stream. I wish I would have brought strapping sandals to enjoy the water on the hot day (many people were). Beautiful, red rocky views, in and out of shade.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked yesterday evening and had it to ourselves. Parking lot completely full @ 11 am today (drove by). You can hike this without getting wet.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice and peaceful route along the creek! Natural bridge at the end. Nothing too stunning, though. And crowded after 0930 or so.

hiking
5 days ago

Wear sandals and walk through the river. It’s sooooo pleasant! Definitely watch out for poison ivy. The arch is awesome :)

hiking
5 days ago

A fun and interesting hike, and the Morning Glory bridge at the end was a beautiful sight to see. It was difficult to find the trail at times, causing us to double back and get back on the correct path. There is lots of poison ivy, so you’ll need to take special care, especially when it is growing right along the trail. There’s clearly lots of dogs, and poop bags left behind, unfortunately. Overall, this was a really wonderful hike.

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10 days ago

Amazing trail! Lots of interesting features, would be great for families and kids. The end of the canyon and the arch is beautiful. I started 8:30 am and had maybe 40% shade. It took me about 2h out and back with minimal stopping. Highly recommend!

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11 days ago

This was so fun to do with our kids! (Ages 12 & 9). Great place to take pictures. We had to park down the road because the designated parking lot was full. We diverted off the trail and hiked up in the river for a good portion of the hike (which made the hike longer but the kids didn’t complain). It was always easy to find the trail again after leaving the river. There’s more poison ivy when you’re down in the river but the kids know how to identify it and we were able to avoid it with lots of space. Lots of sun exposure but good portions of shade, especially when you walk up the river. We switched our boots for sandals halfway through but it’s not necessary if you’re sticking to the trail, you can use stepping stones on the trail to avoid getting wet. Highly recommend! We would do it again.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail. About 12 creek crossings but manageable with stepping stones. Bridge is awesome and well worth the trek! Must do!

Hiked in and out 5-20-2020. The trail is well marked and the scenes are beautiful. The hike itself is not difficult at all. There are opportunities for shade at times but be prepared for a lot of sun exposure.

hiking
12 days ago

Took our 3 girls, ages 5/7/9. Took us 1:45 in and 1:30 back out. Plan on 4 hours. my GPS registered in at 5.1mi from the parking lot and back. Bring plenty of water.

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14 days ago

Beautiful trail; easily accessible and well marked. Amazing arch is reward at end. Can get right under for cool pix. Few stream crossings but there are exposed rocks if don’t have or want to swap to water shoes. Few points where you question trail but you realize mistakes within a few steps. Poison ivy but off to the sides of trail. Mix of soft and hard pack; few spots where you scramble over rocks but even kids were doing without difficulties. Highly recommend.

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16 days ago

We started our hike around 2 pm and it was fairly warm. There are several sections of the trail with nice shade, but a few sections without shade that were hot. Several stream crossings which were fun. Vegetation was beautiful and green. Trail was well marked. Several spots to climb a few rocks. Our dogs loved it too!

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no shade
17 days ago

amazing hike! lots of cacti so be careful with dogs!

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bugs
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rocky
29 days ago

What an awesome hike. Total @ 5 miles to arch. We were originally gonna go to the Fisher trail but did a quick stop at about 8:30am and had the place pretty much to ourselves!! Beautiful views from beginning to end. Creek thru most of hike!! Walked right on thru and got our shoes wet. If I could I’d rate 6 stars. This trail could be done by most there are some rocky spots to climb but nothing too hard. Enjoy !!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike.. perfect temperature on Saturday. Not too crowded. Lots of beautiful scenery..and at the end the Arch is incredible!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Favorite hike!!! So many creek crossing, which is perfect to cool off, for me and the dogs! Trail is really well maintained and easy to follow. Beautiful views! Took about 2 hours to hike there and all the way back! Perfect hike

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was fun! My boyfriend and I brought our dog and she loved running into the multiple river crossings. When we made it to end point we climbed up one of the slanted walls and chilled up there for bit before heading back to the car. The sun was setting on our hike back and the colors were so vibrant and beautiful. I love my Teva sandals for hikes like these with the water crossings. All in all, hike was dope.

hiking
2 months ago

Overall a great hike. Would definitely recommend for lower moderate hikers/beginners. Water crossings can be a tad tricky for inexperienced rock hoppers. Great views and very clean trial.

hiking
2 months ago

Was good, moderate, 5 miles in and out not the 4 miles listed. It took 2 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy compared to the other “moderate level” hikes listed on this app. Some water crossings, but all pretty easy to get across without getting your feet wet. Went at 9:30 am and the parking lot had about 8 cars, and by the time I got back the lot was full with overflow parking. Lots of friendly dogs, too.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

A beautiful early spring hike. Of note, with some early spring run off unless you are very careful, your feet will get wet. I wore tennis shoes, which were fine but squishy by the end. Hiking boots might be better and a dry change of shoes for afterwards are highly recommended! Lots of people and dogs. Many different types of terrain: mud, sand, loose rock, rock scrambles and walking along the edge of the creek on sandstone. It’s all worth it for the view at the end. Take a lunch or a snack to eat in the shade under the arch.

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3 months ago

great hiking despite the inconsiderate dog people. if you absolutely have to bring your damn dog please keep the damn thing on a leash. there are other people on this planet who don't like dogs.

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snow
4 months ago

Hiked with my dog in late December. Despite the cold and the snow, we really enjoyed it. Be prepared for a few river crossings (for humans, pretty doable without getting your feet wet, not so much for the dog!). If you have a furry friend and are restricted to a few hikes, I would definitely recommend that one.

5 months ago

Great trail for dogs and chill hiking. Went on a weekday before Christmas. Saw two people so can’t speak to the general crowdedness of the trail. Lots of stream crossings but that may be just in the winter.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail, quiet enjoyable! A nice break from the more strenuous ones in the area. It offers a little of everything - geologic formation, water, sandstone cliffs. Easy to find the trailhead, too!

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