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Onyx Bridge Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chambers, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 442 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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rocky

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This hike can require navigational skills. The beginning of the hike is steep but then it levels out a bit.

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washed out
30 days ago

Overall pretty fun, moderately physically challenging trail. We did it backwards and which could have contributed to making the trail slightly difficult to follow but the starting point is almost always in view.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is not marked, and not distinctive. you'll need to use your map to guide you nearly every step of the way. beautiful views. Best done when dry. it rained the day before I arrived and the wash areas that the trail cuts across were very muddy.

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no shade
3 months ago

Great quiet trail. Wide open skies. Wide open views all around. The trail down from the Painted Desert Inn is steep, with loose pebbles, so if you’re not sure-footed, use walking poles. Once you are in the canyon, it is flat until the last part up to the bridge. Some of the ground is pretty soft, so do your best to follow the trodden down trail. We took the left at the fork (straight instead of down). The trail was easy to follow, because of footprints, but then we lost the trail. We wandered a bit, which was fine because of all the beauty, but then AllTrails got us back on track. The bridge itself wasn’t as amazing as the rock, petrified wood, and the views. Going back was quicker, because we didn’t really need to follow a trail. We simply kept going towards the Inn up on the cliff. 2 hours out (because we wandered, and it was 3 miles) and 1 hour back (3 miles). Was pretty cool to see the rain clouds in the distance and the changing sky. Fantastic way to spend time.

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off trail
4 months ago

carried 40lbs without much trouble

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off trail
4 months ago

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5 months ago

We actually walked close to 15 miles over two days hiking and camping. A fun part of that was to the Onyx Bridge which is quite beautiful and lots of petrified trees everywhere nearby. We camped 2-3 miles past this point and in 19 degree Fahrenheit weather I must say we still had a fun time, the scenery is beautiful and starlight at nighttime is just like back in the countryside in Australia albeit different constellations. Highly recommend this to any budding hiker or camper!

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muddy
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washed out
7 months ago

Dog friendly. The onyx bridge is a joke though. It’s way smaller than what you’d think.

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7 months ago

The trail is tough to follow if you don't want to glue your eyes to the all trails app. There's no way markers of any kind. The landscape is beautiful, covered in fragments of petrified wood. No shade. Nice to do on a fall afternoon.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike. The onyx bridge itself was a little different than what I was expecting. I picked up the loaner trail guide from the Painted Desert Visitor Center. It gave me the landmarks to navigate by, and it was pretty easy to figure things out. Terrain is mostly firm which makes for quick walking.

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no shade
off trail
8 months ago

Great hike. There are no markings. The trail is cross country. For the first half mile the path is well worn up to the fork in the trail. The trail on the right immediately disappears. The trail on the left is still a good worn path for another quarter mile. The trail uses a dryish river bed but cuts in and out without signs. The final leg is a narrow draw that would be very hard to find without All Trails. Beautiful hike.

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9 months ago

Pretty cool. Worth doing a hike like this at least once for the experience.

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11 months ago

Only went a mile in as going further didn’t seem necessary. Where the loop starts there is a nice rock overlook of the valley and got some cool pictures. Lots of petrified logs. Not a lot of clear trail markers so just pay attention and use gps.

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11 months ago

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muddy
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Mon Jun 17 2019

Getting up close with the painted desert and petrified wood is about all you get. The trail basically leads you a mile out and then disappears. You’ll most likely end up on a path that you think is the loop trail, only to find out it’s not. No trail markers or signs to lead the way. Could easily be 5 star trail, but it seems like they just don’t care. Suggestions: •Be careful! Easy to get off trail and lose track of where you are. • Almost like walking on a beach with the sand. If it rains you will be in pure mud. Suggest high top hiking boots. • Bring compass and use with AllTrails Map gps. You will need it to complete the entire loop! • Apply sunscreen and bug spray before hike Love you Trailheads! Stay Hikesy — Berndog

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no shade
Sat Jun 15 2019

The loaner guide book (obtained as visitor center or rainbow museum) is a must to find the bridge. They need one for reverse directions as well if you're a poor navigator like myself. With the painted desert inn always in view, I just walked my own path cutting through brush, etc. I chose this trail specifically to be up close and personal with the painted desert, however briefly. Otherwise I thought the trail was kind of boring. Great workout and view from the bridge though. Took me an hour and 10 minutes on the way out, and an hour and 20 minutes on the way back (getting lost, taking breaks). The flies were quite the nuisance as well.

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rocky
Mon Jun 03 2019

Mon May 20 2019

great hike, confusing as the spilt point, get the trail map to help you

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Sat Apr 20 2019

Hike out to the bridge and camped near by! Lots of petrified wood along the trail!

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no shade
Sat Apr 20 2019

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rocky
Sat Apr 20 2019

The trail didn't lead us to Onyx Bridge but it was still a cool experience to hike into the painted desert.

Mon Apr 01 2019

This is thw best route for everyone. The Ranger was so kind and suggest us beautiful this route. 꼭 가세요! 멋진 통나무 다리가 기다리고 있을겁니다.

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