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Grandstaff Canyon Trail, Moab

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Negro Bill Canyon is a canyon in southeast Utah. It is part of the Colorado River watershed. Its stream flows directly into the main channel of the Colorado River within Moab Canyon.
A trailhead which gives hiking access into the canyon is located directly adjacent to Utah State Route 128. The trailhead is located about three miles east of the junction of Route 128 and US Route 191. The Morning Glory Arch/Natural Bridge is located about 2.5 miles from the trailhead and has a length of 243 feet .
The canyon was named after William Granstaff, 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. Granstaff fled the area in 1881 after being charged with bootlegging whiskey to the Indians.
Until the 1960s, the canyon was named 'Nigger Bill Canyon'.
In 1979 the canyon was the scene of a dispute over public vehicle access, sometimes called the Sagebrush Rebellion.
In the wake of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, local councilwoman Mary McGann called for the renaming of the canyon to the more formal 'Granstaff Canyon'. The president of the Salt Lake City chapter of the NAACP opposes the change.
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  • My adult son and I hiked this on a hot afternoon as it is partially shady. We had heard the trail was washed out but when asking hikers coming back they all said it was 'hikable' on both sides of... 
    My adult son and I hiked this on a hot afternoon as it is partially shady. We had heard the trail was washed out but when asking hikers coming back they all said it was 'hikable' on both sides of...  more »
  • GORGEOUS TRAIL!!! Our guide wore chaco sandals through this trail (we also rappelled to this trail). We crossed through the creek several times, and my Merrell hiking shoes were soaked. It was fine.....  more
    GORGEOUS TRAIL!!! Our guide wore chaco sandals through this trail (we also rappelled to this trail). We crossed through the creek several times, and my Merrell hiking shoes were soaked. It was fine.....  more »
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  • Really wonderful walk along the stream. Some up and down and some areas a challenge for us with poor balance. However, the shady area and the babbling of the water made for a perfect morning. The parking lot is small, but there are nearby areas to park. This was the perfect contrast to seeing the vastness of the national parks.
  • Great hike with many places to waaide through the stream. Mostly sunny but many shaded spaces. It’s not an easy hike but not the Most difficult either. Take water and wear water shoes.

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