Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Negro Bill Canyon Trail


Moab, UT 

 Last Friday (5-24) was family hike day and Negro Bill Canyon Trail to Morning Glory Bridge was the hike of choice. The hike is  4.2 miles round trip. It is a constructed trail along a stream.

The area is part of the Colorado River watershed and the stream flows directly into the main channel of the Colorado River in Moab Canyon.
The trailhead is on Utah Scenic Byway 128, three miles east from the junction of U.S. 191.

For the first 1 mile or so, the trail follows the stream on the left. We all enjoyed the plant life.

Wild roses and scrub oaks lined the trail.

 This plant caught my eye...I'm not sure what it is.

It was shady and cool.

 We crossed over the stream eight or nine times.

 At one point we climbed the canyon wall and walked along the ridge.
 Wrecks was showing us how easy it is!
 We had nice views of the canyon walls.            
 Morning Glory Bridge is at the end of trail. Unfortunately, I did not have a wide angle lens with me. I was too close to get a picture that shows how big the bridge is.
Morning Glory Bridge has a span of 243 feet. It is the sixth longest natural bridge in the U.S.

This is where the trail ends... a huge canyon wall. The water trickling from the wall is where the stream begins. It is so cool and shady here. We had a picnic lunch before starting back.

 I was just a little curious about how this trail got it's name.

The canyon was named after William Granstaff, a prospector and rancher who grazed his cattle here in the late 1800s.

He was the first non-Caucasian pioneer to do so.

I'm not sure who had more fun on the hike...Dover and Wrecks or Joe and I.

We did meet several other hikers going and coming with pets. Some hikers even had children!

A short video Joe took at Morning Glory Bridge :

At one of the cross overs, we spotted tadpoles.

Dover and Wrecks know how to keep cool...

I also included a short clip that shows how pretty the stream is:

We had a fun hike. What a wonderful way to spend the morning!

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  1. So glad the dogs got to enjoy this great dog friendly trail. We saw several dogs enjoying the streams the day we did this. Looks like the water is still a little high. We had trouble with one stream because the water was knee deep. Enjoy your last days!

  2. I was fun watching the pooches in the water. Jackson would have had a ball.

  3. We enjoyed another wonderful hike with you without all the strain but we'd still like to add it to our bucket list.

    Animals have natural instincts that help them survive and to stay relaxed. We should follow their habits more often. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. Such beautiful country and awesome pictures, thanks for sharing.

  5. Great photos and beautiful scenery, but I especially like the photos of the dogs! And the tadpoles. That is really clear water! :)

  6. How great you planned a "family hike" day. Looks like everyone had a good time on the trail.