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Negro Bill 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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  • The trail name has changed recently, but this hike is wonderful! Bring water, good shoes, and a hat! This is a good hike out and back in the canyon.  more »
  • The trail is great for family. It is right next to the Colorado river, and the trail head (Grandstaff) is across the 128 and clearly marked. There are lots of cliffs that are good for climbing and oth...  more »
  • The canyon is narrow (not the narrowest but the big walls are nice), the water sounds wonderful, the arch (or is it a bridge?) is unique and worth a visit. This is a fairly easy hike up to the arch. I...  more »