Thursday, June 11, 2009

Morning Glory Arch - A short AM Hike near Moab

If you're looking for a half-day activity in Moab that's perfect for the whole family, consider hiking up Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Arch. The five mile hike is best done in the morning, as the name suggests, when the arch is getting sunlight and looking its glorious best. The trail is approximately five miles round trip, gaining a moderate 300 feet in elevation.

The footpath follows a clear, year-round stream, and you'll hardly notice the gentle uphill grade. Kids will love jumping across the rocks in the frequent stream crossings. Its also a great place to bring your dog. Keep your eyes peeled for the many sagebrush and whiptail lizards.

Camping: William Gransraff Campground (formerly known as Negro Bill Campground) is right across the street. This campground, like many of the sites along this section of the Colorado River, has been cleared of invasive Tamarisk trees. The trees were burned leaving the site charred and unappealing. However, the BLM has done a nice job of reworking the campground with fresh gravel and new sites making the spot far more attractive.

Campsites, facilities: There are 17 tent sites. Picnic tables, fire grills, and open-air vault pit toilets are provided. There is no drinking water. A garbage receptical is available at the nearby Goose Island Campground. Leashed pets are permitted.

Reservations, fees: Reservations are not accepted. The fee is $8 per site. Open year-round.

Directions: From Moab, drive approximately one mile north on Hwy. 191 and turn right on Rte. 128. Continue along the Colorado River for four miles to the parking area for Negro Bill Canyon on the right side of the road.

GPS coordinates: N 38 36.807' W 109 31. 874'

Contact: Moab BLM Field Office 435/259-2100.

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