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Really fun short hike!

Beautiful views from on top of the butte

Very cool hike, but it was easy for us to get off trail. Pretty steep if you go to the second overlook, but it is do-able.

hiking
27 days ago

Views are spectacular

hiking
27 days ago

My husband and I loved this trail! It’s a great workout and the view at the top is stunning

Fun little hike...lots of walking on sandstone. Wouldn’t do it again...but cool to see once.

Hike up and back is very easy. Trail is marked well. Scenery is incredible and it was worth going down into the canyon to see it up close. Very snowy day so there were very few people around. I think we saw one other group hiking.

Really easy trail with amazing views and up close ruins.

More about the views than the dwellings. Skipped the granary spur as ice on north face. Left ice spikes in car! Follow the cairns up the butte trail. Dusty stone necessitating scramble.

We hiked the entire entire trail to all three bridges. We were the only two hikers out there the entire day. It was an amazing experience for us. Challenging trail, lots of ups and downs, quite a bit of elevation change and you will need to do this hike on a cool day and bring lots of water and snacks, a good sandwich. Be prepared for it to take longer than you expect. Great views the entire time, especially when you go up on the canyon. We had a little bit of trouble seeing/finding the cairns on the trail and therefore, we got lost towards the end of the hike and that extended our hike to a total of 11 miles. We passed by a beautiful native american ruin down in the canyon.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a short hike with good views, not just of the upheaval dome, but of the entire surrounding area. You only need to go 0.5 miles to the first vantage point for viewing the dome. If you are feeling perky, it's only going to take you around 30 minutes, and if you've bothered to drive all the way out to this trailhead in Canyonlands, why wouldn't you do it?

This was the Sipapu to Kachina trail. A lot of reviews here seem to include the extended trail to the third bridge.

Did this Memorial Day weekend 2017 and had a good time. We parked at the Kachina bridge, hiked the top to the Kachina Bridge and worked our way down, and through the canyon. We made the mistake of not hitting the trail until about 11:00 am. It was already getting very hot in May in the canyon bottom. There was no water when we hiked, so plan on bringing a lot of water (3-4 liters). The trail in the canyon is essentially the wash, and the sand really zaps energy from your stride. It's a beautiful hike though, and if you're prepared, you should have a good time!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike that was interesting in contrast to Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. While I'm no expert on the ancient ones, Hovenweep seems to be a great addition to Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde in a journey to learn about the ancient ones. The trail circumnavigates a slot canyon that is rimed with various ancient-one watch towers and ruins, and then the trail descends into the little canyon and back up the other side to complete the loop. Well-marked trail that is dog friendly.

We did the entire loop under all three bridges. Great bridges - definitely recommend it but we don’t need to do it again. Took us 10.5 mi in under 5 hrs. Maybe about a mile of that was doubling back, trying to find the trail between Owachomo and Kachina bridges. Frustrating.

We parked at Sipapu and headed clockwise on the trail beginning with the Mesa - in case the winds picked up in the afternoon (they didn’t) - and so we wouldn’t have a 2.5 mile slog back to the car after climbing out of the canyon - and because we wanted to climb out of the canyon at Sipapu and descend into the canyon at Owachomo. There’s much more elevation difference at Sipapu than Owachomo and we’d prefer to climb than pound our quads on a long descent.

We lost our way a number of times between Owachomo and Kachina bridges. As others have noted, the trail is poorly marked - but we knew going in that the trail was unmaintained. Perhaps the trail is easier to read counterclockwise.

At one point around 3+ miles, we followed footprints and stayed too high on the east (right) side of the canyon. After a couple tenths of a mile, the “trail” would have required a little too much downhill scrambling for us to believe it really was the trail. And we hadn’t seen a cairn in awhile so we retraced our steps to find one, and figured that the trail had headed down to the streambed at that point. We were glad we backtracked to find the cairn.

Also, someone had stacked two beautiful cairns in the middle of the streambed at some point in there, leading us to believe the trail went there! Turns out the trail was elsewhere but since we weren’t confident about it, we left the cairns as we found them.

Part of our trouble may also be that a ranger warned us not to miss a left turn at the Knick-point pour-off (but she didn’t know what the pouroff was - FYI, it’s.a waterfall (when water is present) and is obvious when we passed it and looked back at it from the north side.). So we spent a lot of time not wanting to miss the turn, but when you’re going counterclockwise, that part of the trail turns out to be easy to find. Stay on the east side of the canyon and you’ll see the parking lot overlook rail high above you to the right. Way beneath the rail is a sign where the Kachina trail from the parking lot meets the loop trail in the canyon. Follow the sign

This trail is the last one of the bridge trails in the park loop. The drive through the park is a one way road, and this is the last one in the loop. We went Dec. 23, 2017. Sipapu Bridge Trail was closed due to ice and snow, the Kachina Bridge Trail wasn't closed, but we found it a little steep. So, we only went on this trail. It was a nice and easy trail. If you get a chance to go on a trail in this park, this one may be the one!

hiking
2 months ago

Driving from Capitol Reef to Canyonlands, made a stop at Natural Bridges National Monument. Glad we did! Only had the chance to hike to this one natural bridge. Not a very long hike and all downhill from the parking area, but the hike back is all uphill. Not much shade, so bring water.

hiking
4 months ago

Visitors have the choice of seeing the bridge from the overlook or walking down into the canyon to see it from below. I have a recording of our walk. The recording has two branches. The right branch takes you to the overlook which is flat and I believe, paved. The left branch will take you down into the canyon. First you walk down some steps and it starts out steep, then it levels out when you walk around this huge mushroom looking boulder (that's the boulder you stand on top for the overlook), then the trail will take a switch back and go down a steep decline. We did not go any further as since it was winter, the trail was a bit slippery and icy. From this switchback where you are bascially standing under the overlook, we took another photo from this lower vantage point. See my recording for photos.

There is a short walk to see the ruins from across the gorge. It would be more interesting to take the trail below to get closer to the ruins.

Very nice and fairly easy trail through some very historic sites

If you're into geology then this is a must see I guess. Otherwise, I'd do something else.

Very nice Monument! Campgrounds are very clean and staff super friendly and helpful. Didn’t have much time but did do the ancient trail loop. Worth the time and the drive. Will be coming back in the near future!

hiking
4 months ago

Great for the kids. Nice views. My 8 year old loved it.

Great hike - steep with steps at the start, and then some scrambling to get to the end. Nice view. Can see parts of the Syncline Trail below, which is also pretty neat.

hiking
4 months ago

Totally fun for the kids.
Great first starter for scrambling for kids or adults.
I enjoyed the view, but there were so many kids on this particular trail (whale rock seemed to get the families here), that it was not quiet and peaceful. I saw many families with their Junior Ranger packets, so perhaps this is on the tour book for them.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views and lots of fun scrambling on this hike! starts off in thick sand, so my hiking gaiters kept my feet sand-free, and then had to scramble up the slickrock to get to the top. Tons of fun. I would do this hike again, just for the scrambling fun :) The trail was pretty deserted, too, which is always a nice thing. Saw some people having a picnic ontop of the Mesa, which is a great idea!

Very fun for kids to scramble up.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice short easy hike to the top of slickrock ridge that feels like you are walking on the back of a large whale. Nice views from the top

This is really an amazing geological feature. The trail climbs moderately to one of several viewpoints.

hiking
5 months ago

A little sand and a little steep slickrock on this trail. Leads to a nice view on the top of the butte. There is also a granary as a side trip

Can’t believe this only averages 4 stars. This is a short and easy hike and the geological formation here is pretty special (asteroid crater is the leading theory). View 1 (0.3 miles in) is worth doing even if you don’t hike the extra 0.5 miles to the 2nd viewpoint (which is basically the same as the 1st)

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