Under the Natural Bridges Loop

MODERATE 4 reviews

Under the Natural Bridges Loop is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bluff, Utah that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

views

no dogs

This is the 9 mile hike into White Canyon that takes you under all 3 natural bridges.  After a stop at the visitor's center, start around the loop road.  Pass the turnout marked "Sipapu Bridge Viewpoint" and stop at the turnout for "Sipapu Bridge Trailhead".  Descend into the canyon via stairs and ladders to visit Sipapu Bridge, then head south (ish) along the canyon past Horsecollar ruins, Katchina Bridge and Owachomo Bridge.  At the Owachomo Bridge Trailhead, take the Mesa Trail almost directly back to your vehicle.  

hiking
1 day ago

You can do this loop starting and ending at any of the trailheads in Natural Bridges National Monument, but I chose to park at Owachomo (so I wouldn't have to drive the whole monument scenic loop at the end). I went clockwise, which meant that I did have to climb up the steep exit from the canyon at Sipapu and then walk the 2.2 miles across the mesa at the end. That was OK, but I suspect it might be easier to do it in the counterclockwise direction and come up at Owachomo. In any case, this was a great hike, with spectacular scenery. I saw only two other people on the trail the whole loop. The trail is very well marked in some places, and in other places, not so much. It was especially confusing after going under Katchina bridge, where it was not immediately obvious which is the right canyon to go down, but all in all, I never really felt lost.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
22 days ago