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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.

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13 days ago

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.

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