2014-09-14 – Negro Bill Canyon

2014-09-14 – Negro Bill Canyon

Hike Event: MOAB
: Negro Bill Canyon

Date: September 14, 2014
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Lots of poison ivy on this trail. Morning Glory Arch is 243 feet long with only a 15 feet separation between the arch and the cliff behind it.

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.

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