“Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment, it is infinite and eternal, for the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever.” – Alan Watts
Today, as I embark on a journey to explore the Grandstaff Trail, these words by Alan Watts resonate deeply within me. The Grandstaff Trail is not just a hike; it’s an opportunity to immerse oneself in the ever-passing present, to escape the shackles of the past and the uncertainties of the future. Life, after all, unfolds in the now.
As I step onto the path, I am reminded to let go of past regrets and release the weight of tomorrow’s worries. I take a deep breath, inhaling the beauty that surrounds me at this very moment.
The Grandstaff Trail, leading to the Morning Glory Natural Bridge, beckons me with its promise of adventure and awe. This 5-mile round-trip hike through Grandstaff Canyon is a mesmerizing journey through time, where the creek has sculpted the sandstone into breathtaking formations. The verdant foliage and lush trees, nourished by the nearby creek, create a vivid tapestry of greenery that contrasts splendidly with the rust-colored rocks.
As I walk along the trail, the soothing sound of the creek provides a constant companion, a gentle reminder that nature’s rhythm dances to its own timeless tune. The Grandstaff Canyon is a haven for those seeking tranquility and a connection with the natural world.
But the pièce de résistance of this hike is undoubtedly the Morning Glory Natural Bridge. As I gaze upon this marvel, I can’t help but wonder how such a natural wonder came into existence. It’s far more colossal than one might initially perceive, spanning an impressive 245 feet across the canyon. In fact, it ranks as the sixth longest natural rock span in the United States. The sheer magnitude of this bridge is awe-inspiring, and standing beneath it is a humbling experience.
The trail to Morning Glory Natural Bridge not only offers a glimpse into geological wonders but also a chance to encounter thrill-seekers in action. Around mile one of the hike, if you cast your eyes skyward, you might spot BASE jumpers gracefully descending from the cliffs above. Their daring feats serve as a reminder that the Grandstaff Trail is a place where the present moment can take on many forms, from serene contemplation to adrenaline-pumping excitement.
For those fortunate enough to find themselves in the Moab area, I wholeheartedly recommend embarking on the Grandstaff Trail adventure. It’s a voyage through time, a journey to the heart of the present, and an exploration of nature’s artistry. As you traverse the path, let go of your past, let go of your future, and embrace the boundless beauty right before your eyes.
In a world filled with distractions and demands, the Grandstaff Trail offers a sanctuary of serenity, a reminder that life’s most precious moments are the ones we experience right now. So, take that step into the present and immerse yourself in the infinite beauty of the Grandstaff Trail.