BLM Announces Newly Designated National Recreation Trails
The Moab BLM is celebrating two newly designated National Recreation Trails into the National Trail System. Grandstaff Canyon and Moab Brands (Bar M) were accepted into the system by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and will receive a certificate of designation, a set of trail markers, and a letter of recognition from the Secretary. The system promotes preservation, public access, and enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoor areas, and historic resources of the United States.
Grandstaff Canyon follows a perennial stream for two miles in a riparian setting, rare in Moab. The shady trail is surrounded by high sandstone cliffs and ends at the stunning Morning Glory Natural Bridge. The canyon is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and school groups from Moab as part of the area’s environmental education programs.
Moab Brands is a system of eighteen multiple interconnecting mountain bike trails, totaling over 31 miles, for riders of all abilities. Trails range from easy slickrock to challenging steep terrain. All the trails offer great views of the Moab area’s iconic landscape such as Arches National Park, the Moab red rock country, and the La Sal Mountains.
Canyonlands Backcountry Reservation system is changing
Starting November 10th, all backcountry reservations will be processed through recreation.gov, a secure and reliable permit reservation system.
With this system change, overnight backcountry reservations will now be released in 3-month blocks instead of the current night-by-night system.
So what does that mean for you?
If you are interested in spring backcountry trips starting next year between March 10th and June 9th, particularly for the White Rim, create your account early at recreation.gov.
Then, on November 10th at exactly 8:00 am Mountain Time, get online, and reserve your trip.
This is an excerpt from the Canyonlands Natural History Association’s Member Newsletter. To find out more about CNHA and how to get your own copy delivered, visit the Canyonlands Natural History Association website.