Moab Utah Hiking Trails: Negro Bill Canyon

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Negro Bill Canyon

This beautiful canyon hike follows the path of a perennial stream to the base of Morning Glory Bridge, the sixth largest natural stone bridge in the world with a span of 243 feet.

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  • 4 miles (typically 3-4 hours).
  •  Easy with 330 feet of elevation gain.
  • Trailhead: Negro Bill Canyon Trailhead off of Utah Scenic Byway 128.


Hikers come to Negro Bill Canyon for a chance to see the Morning Glory Bridge, the sixth largest natural stone bridge in the world with a span 243 feet. Along the way you’ll follow a perennial stream through a scenic sandstone canyon. Because of the modest elevation gain and relatively short distance, this is an ideal hike for people of all ages and ability levels.


From Moab, take U.S. 191 north to Utah Scenic Byway 128. Follow Utah 128 for approximately 3.1 miles where you’ll find the trailhead.


  • Distance: 2 miles to Morning Glory Bridge. 4 miles round trip.
  • Average Time of Hike: 3-4 hours.
  • Elevation Gain: 330 feet.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail Type: Out and Back.
  • Trailhead: Negro Bill Canyon trailhead, located off Utah 128.

Plan & Prepare

This hike crosses the stream in several places. Make sure to bring appropriate clothes and footwear as you will get wet.

Take note, poison ivy grows near the pool beneath the bridge.

Temperatures in Moab can be highly variable, with summertime highs topping out above 100 degrees, and wintertime lows dipping below 30. Make sure you dress appropriately. During the summer, pack plenty of water and sunscreen. During the winter, dressing in layers is your best bet, as you’ll be able to adjust your clothes to suit your comfort level.

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