Grand Staff Hike (formerly known as Negro Bill Hike):
This is one of my favorite hikes in Moab because it is so different that what you may expect. This is listed as an "All Ability" hike and is very true. Unlike other hikes, there really isn't an elevation gain here. You will follow a stream for the first 2 miles along the canyon floor. This is a fun hike if you like the sound of water, birds, and tall red cliffs which you will be hiking through. Our kids enjoy this hike because at the very end, there is water they like to play in when you reach Morning Glory Arch. This is a 4 mile RT hike that can be as fast or slow as you want it. Remember, we really try to make each hike pleasant and encouraging for all abilities. Depending on the size of the group, we should be able to start and finish under 3 hrs with a fun break at the Morning Glory Arch allowing us plenty of time to enjoy our selves!
There are a few places where you will need to cross the stream and use rocks as stepping stones, these rocks may be a little slippery but the water is very shallow and is refreshing on a sunny day! This is our kids favorite parts as they see who can get to the other side without falling in!
I would recommend you bring a light jacket as there is usually a breeze that runs through the canyon. The trail is really well marked. You will want to make sure you have water and snacks in your day pack.
There is a good size parking lot at the trail head with a bathroom and more on the road and overflow across the street.
The trailhead is located three miles east of Highway 191 on Utah Scenic Byway 128. You will see a parking lot. The canyon is open year-round, but spring and fall are most popular. Summer days can be hot, and during the winter months, snow and ice may be present.
GPS Coordinates: 38.6098979,-109.536048