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Grandstaff Trail

MODERATE 684 reviews

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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

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
17 days ago

Canyoneering, accidentally got hot yo pause and save recording before driving sorry. Hiked out and it wasn’t that bad. No shuttle style

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked this yesterday morning in about 1 hr 40 min. Glad we got there early because it was very busy on our way back with others heading out. Shady areas from oak. Fun little water crossings. Sandy in areas. Easy trail, though, and it would be extremely hard to get lost. Trail markers are prevalent. Hike along a stream for most of it and end with the natural bridge, which is pretty incredible. It was really enjoyable and scenic.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful trail through desert-forest conditions. A few river crossings but very mild. Did it about 2.5 hours before sunset and was in the shade for the entire walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Great moderate hike with a wide variety of experiences: rock walls, big vistas, sandy paths, Rocky paths, unexpected vegetation, some tricky stream crossings. Fairly busy for late afternoon on a Tuesday in early November.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! 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.

1 month ago

Fun hike through a canyon, arch at end is cool! Ps..Round trip is 5+ miles (easy)

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Do this trail if you: Like to get your shoes, socks & feet sopping wet in streams Like to bushwack Like to encounter many dogs off leash Want your dog getting in your car super muddy Want to feel claustrophobic Don’t want views Don’t want any incline on your hike Don’t want a well-marked trail I wanted to like this trail and thought I would since I’ve loved all the other trails I’ve been on in Moab (Hidden Valley is the best!). I turned around 3/4 of the way on this one because it was all around no fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Not always clearly marked to know where to go, but enjoyable hike nonetheless.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is more like 6 miles- gorgeous hike. Go all the way til the end, great arch bridge!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and easy.

hiking
2 months ago

My husband, dog and I did this trial out and back in 2 hours late in the afternoon today. There was hardy anyone on the trail and we had the arch to ourselves at the end, a really serene and unique experience. The trail was fun, mostly well marked and showcased the beautiful Utah landscape. A few difficult rocky areas but mostly sandy even terrain. Also quite a few riverbed crossings, make sure you wear proper footwear.

running
2 months ago

Ran this trail this morning for a quick cardio session. Having done this trail numerous times over the last 10 years I can say it is in the best shape I have seen it in years. Sections the previous had been washed out have been fixed. Lots of traffic on the trail as expected but still a fantastic run with running water coming into play in several areas!

hiking
2 months ago

Mostly flat hike along a rocky stream. 11 stream crossings each way but there are flat rocks positioned to help you cross. There is a large arch and a small waterfall at the very end of hike. Repellers were fun to watch too.

hiking
2 months ago

Went early and the tail was tranquil. The sound of the river was intoxicating. As the sun rose new shadows and moving pictures appeared. There was many poison ivy plants as indicated and a out eight to ten opportunities to cross the river. Once below the arch, I laid across a rock and listened to the water pouring forth from the crack in the wall. Memorizing! On the return trip encountered many hikers including children and dogs on their way up. I can see the potential running this trail, as many have done. Not much change in elevation till the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome evening jog!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail. A variety of terrains and the soothing sound of a stream for most of the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

The consummate hikers trail! this has lots of shade, water to cool off with, amazing scenery and one of the most incredible Arches on earth at the end, it was worth the work to get to the top!

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this trail, really pretty! We did lose the trail a couple times but it wasn't hard to get back on track. It took us over 3 hours, mostly because I stop every 3 seconds to take pictures so I'm sure most can do it much faster. Pretty easy, lots of shade. I really enjoyed this one!

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of poison ivy!

hiking
2 months ago

Dog-friendly trail with several good swim spots. Criss crosses creek multiple times as it goes up canyon. Cool with lots vegetation. Easy walking with minimal slip rock.

hiking
2 months ago

Great 4.5 mile round trip trail to a massive natural arch. Nice scenery all the way. Fairly easy hike with a few spots of scrambling over rocks and multiple times crossing the stream, mostly with rocks for steps.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Roughly 5 miles total - in and out. Plenty of shaded areas, a few mild inclines, but nothing too steep. The trail runs beside a stream nearly the whole way, both nice to listen to and refreshing! Definitely take plenty of drinking water. Definitely worth a visit!

hiking
3 months ago

This ended up being 5 miles total. It was really beautiful - some shade. Winding around a stream with lots of tiny lizards and amazing flowers/vegetation. Early Sept, bring at least 2 liters of water. Was 96 degrees.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, great for doggies.

hiking
3 months ago

Surprisingly shaded through half of the trail. Creek runs next to a good portion of trail. Stunning views!

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for a hot summer day. Lots of stream crossings but rocks in place if you don’t want to get wet. Dog friendly trail. Great natural Bridge at end of hike

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