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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
2 days ago

Beautiful and easy.

hiking
3 days 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
6 days 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
7 days 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
7 days 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
13 days ago

Awesome evening jog!

hiking
15 days ago

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

hiking
15 days 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
21 days 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
22 days ago

Lots of poison ivy!

hiking
23 days 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
24 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, great for doggies.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail with some shade, be prepared to get your shoes wet and watch out for poison ivy towards the arch. We had the place almost to ourselves, got a bit lost on the way back but as long as you're close to the river you can't go too wrong.

hiking
1 month ago

Good easy trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike, especially in the morning, most of it was shaded. The morning Glory bridge is magnificent and a must-see. Better than any of the arches in Arches National Park. Be cautious of the poison ivy, it's all along the trail, just keep your eyes open!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I absolutely loved this hike. Beautiful views and it was not too crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Nothing beats blue sky, lush green trees and red rocks. There were a few points where trekking poles would have made it easier to walk on the rocks or hop across the river but hikers with good balance over 5’5” shouldn’t have a problem.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. We arrived at before sunrise to beat the heat and the entire hike was very comfortable. Crossed the creek several times alone the hike. Soft sands were comfortable to walk on. The sun rise through the trees and the canyon, reflected off the river made for an amazing site. We were the only ones at Morning Glory arch and the sounds of water and nature were very soothing. Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

good hike following the river: very pleasant at the end of the day ... there are some passages on the river. no difficulties in particular.

hiking
3 months ago

one of the easiest 4 miles I have ever done with some spectacular views! There is a lot of poison ivy as stated by others and by many signs at the trail head so just be aware! Some people in reviews as well as others on the trail complained about mosquitoes, however I personally never experienced any.. So i suppose bring bug spray in case you are effected! Otherwise enjoy the canyons!

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

an amazing trail. took 2 hours to do but we took alot of breaks, and we did earlier morning start so please bring BUG spray . near the shade and water the mosquitos come out! other than that so many beautiful trees and wildlife.

hiking
3 months ago

A very beautiful route. Preferably you have to travel very early in the morning because there is shade. Be careful, because there is a lot of poison avory plant. From there on out very nice

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