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Established in April 1908, Utah's First National Monument is located at the junction of White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon and is part of the Colorado River drainage. Three majestic natural bridges invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Featuring the second and third largest natural bridges in the western hemisphere, and carved from the White Triassic sandstone of the Cedar Mesa Formation, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu" in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home.

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.

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!

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!

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23 days 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.

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2 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.

Park at Owachomo Bridge parking lot and take the loop trail north, across the top of the Mesa. Doing it in the opposite direction is going to make it "unpleasant", as the park ranger put it. She's right.

We hiked the loop trail in early November. Bring water. Took about 5 hours. We did lots of stopping and staring.

The trail is pretty well marked. Down in the canyon it's warmer and very sandy. You go through a lot of underbrush.

On the whole, very rewarding hike with some amazing scenery.

beautiful! I'm glad I came in the fall-- the yellow leaves against the rock were stunning!

awesome trail, breathtaking place! will definitely go again!

I did the 8.6 mile full loop trail of all 3 bridges. My GPS confirmed 8.6 miles but Park ranger told me it was 10.6 miles- perhaps to scare me. Gorgeous hike through the canyon. I wore shorts but got scratched up a bit - long pants for me next time. Trail was a bit spotty in the canyon so pAy attention to cairns.

Great hike. We took out 3 girls here last summer and it was awesome. We actually hiked all the way to Owachoa Bridge which was a few miles longer. Only complaint was it is not tagged at all. Very hard to navigate. The trail crisis-crosses across the stream. If I was not an avid hiker I could see how someone may be upset with the lack of directional help. Views are beautiful.

short easy walk to a overlook, ruins are small & slightly disappointing.

Is anything camping ??

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We extended this loop to include the Owachomo Bridge. Known as The Loop this about 9 mile loop that takes one under all three bridges is spectacular. We started at Owachomo overlook parking area and hiked the loop counterclockwise. The hike across the upper section is quick and flat. The hike down into the canyon at Sipapu and along the valley floor is harder but not strenuous. The valley trail is marked "not maintained" but it is well marked and only suffers from overgrowth in many areas. About 5 hours in all.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Take plenty of water we did the 5.9 hike which was two of the bridges down to one and up after the other then walk back to car across the Mesa views spectacular red sand in bottom of canyon hiking boots and walking sticks helped

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The easiest of all 3 Bridges, Trail is over dirt & slick rock. In sun all day, no shade at all other than near the bridge, can get very hot!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

(*This trail is actually marked to short on this map, the bridge is twice as far as shown on here, so don't believe the distance or the elevation #'s You have to hike down to where the trail crosses the streams, that's where the Bridge is). Another cool trail, very steep, In the sun all day, gets VERY hot, also has a ladder or two, stairs, not for the out of shapers!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I highly enjoyed this trail, It's got everything, stairs, ladders, slick rock, water! Steep but fun! Most challenging Bridge trail there

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

500 ft of elevation change from top to bottom, a bit steep, but totally worth it! Nice little creek at the bottom running under the arch. Its gorgeous down there. Some stair and ladder sections

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