Utah's First National Monument 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. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu" in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home.
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.
(*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!
It was a nice cool day and the temp was 79 degrees.Startedthe day at Sipapu Bridge trail head and desended into the canyon. The temp droped and felt like a hole different ecosystem. Continued to Kachina Bridge and completed the hike to the last bridge, Owachomo Bridge. From Kachina to Owachomo is an unmaintained trail and takes a little navigation. Great hike around 9 miles, and would do it agin.
Adam C. on Collins Spring to The Narrows
A lesser used access point to GG. Some good ruins and amazing geology. Bring a topo and a compass!