Tom’s Experience hiking in Negro Bill Canyon:
Negro Bill Canyon is a 4.5-mile out-and-back hike near Moab, Utah. The elevation gain is a total of about 330 feet, so the trail is fairly level. The trail follows a year-round stream most of the way, with a few stream crossings, but my wife and I didn’t need to get wet. There is an information kiosk at the trail-head as well as an outhouse. The kiosk provides information about the canyon and details about the area.
We saw a lot of poison ivy at the end of the trail under the Morning Glory Bridge but none on the trail until then, but I’ve heard it is there. Be careful along the way and keep children and dogs close so they don’t get into the poison ivy.
At the end of the trail there is a canyon wall and when you look up there is Morning Glory Bridge, the 6th largest natural rock span in America.
The trail is fairly straightforward and easy to follow but there are a few forks. Since it is in the desert, I would avoid hiking this in the summer–but if you do, be sure to bring plenty of water.
This canyon is similar to Hunters Canyon on the other side of Moab.
Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash.
Trail-head: This canyon is just outside of Moab Utah. Take highway 191 leaving the city of Moab. Then turn east onto Scenic Byway 128. After about 3 miles the trail-head will be on the right. There is an outhouse as well as a couple of signs to let you know you’ve made it. The parking lot is pretty big but if the parking lot is full you may be able to pull into the campsites on the left-hand side of 128. Dogs are allowed on this trail. The canyon is named after William Granstaff, the first non-white settler in the area.
Trailhead = 38.60972,-109.533587
Morning Glory = 38.593625,-109.508698