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Grandstaff Canyon, UT

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,993 feet
Elevation Gain 318 feet
Accumulated Gain 418 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.69
Interest Perennial Creek
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17  2021-04-25 azbackpackr
5  2016-04-19 trekkin_gecko
Author trekkin_gecko
author avatar Guides 9
Routes 379
Photos 4,697
Trips 3,138 map ( 22,226 miles )
Age 62 Female Gender
Location phoenix, az
Co-Author HAZ_Hikebot
co-author avatarGuides 16,862
Routes 16,286
Photos 24
Trips 1 map (6 Miles)
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov
Sun  4:54am - 7:46pm
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gentle canyon, babbling brook, singing birds
by trekkin_gecko & HAZ_Hikebot

History
The canyon was named after William Grandstaff, a mixed-race cowboy who prospected and ran cattle in the desert canyon in the late 1870s with a Canadian trapper named Frenchie. They took joint possession of the abandoned Elk Mountain Mission fort near Moab after 1877, and each controlled part of the Spanish Valley. Grandstaff fled the area in 1881 after being charged with bootlegging whiskey to the Indians.

Hike
Grandstaff Canyon follows a perennial stream that drains into the Colorado River. The trail, shaded by cottonwood and willow trees, stays near the creek for 1.85 miles, then ascends a canyon wall and ends under Morning Glory natural bridge.

Family and dog friendly, it's an easy trek until the short climb. The natural bridge is a fabulous destination and a good place for a snack. It has a span of 243 feet, which is the 6th longest span in the U.S., according to BLM statistics. Watch for poison ivy growing under the bridge.

BLM land access is complimentary.

Sources
trekkin_gecko, Wikipedia, azbackpackr, John9L

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    from moab, leave 191 at intersection with 128 and go three miles east
    trailhead is on the right
    limited parking, but more available just up 128 on the left
    page created by trekkin_gecko on Apr 24 2016 9:03 am
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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