Arches Area

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by jfbock on December 31, 2006

Negro Bill Canyon is a relatively medium hike just outside of Moab heading East following the Colorado. It is supplied by a small parking lot with signage. Although it can be very easy to miss. Not far from here right before Moab is a spring water supply that is pretty obvious as it is usually occupied on hot days at any one time. I mention that because if you stop for a drink or to fill water. The ledge running underneath the pipe and going towards Moab has a set of dinosaur tracks. I missed them the first few trips but someones kid pointed them out to me last time. Now for Negro Bill. In the interest of fairness, I think disappointments should be noted and NB canyon was a rare letdown in this country. A rather ordinary walk through a small canyon. Although this one actually has water in it and foliage. The hike is several miles of bushwhacking. The reward is a less than spectacular arch that is cut away from the surrounding rock. Not the type of arch common here. Or at least not in the state it's in. I guess it was a pleasant enough walk I did in the early morning. The only interesting thing was scaring the bejeebers out of a single woman who evidently thought she was the only one there, on the way back. NB is alright, if you're in the area and have a couple of hours to kill you may like it. I certainly wouldn't feel bad about missing out. There is a lifetime of much better hikes in the area.
Arches National Park
5 miles North of Moab on 191
Boulder Mountain, Utah

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