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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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  • This area is off hwy. 287 in the Moab, Utah. Nice area to hike back in a canyon. The area is dog friendly and has facilities. Make sure you have a couple of hours to walk the area back into the canyon...  more »
  • Really nice trail right out of Moab. Most maps still have this trail marked as Negro Bill Canyon Trail. But that name is not on the trailhead sign. Don't forget to take plenty of water.  more »
  • This is an awesome hike close to Moab. We wanted to get away from the National Park crowds, and this was a perfect hike to go on. There is a marvelous natural bridge at the end. The trail is poorly ma...  more »

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