DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

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no dogs

hiking
3 days 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. On the other hand, I think I would rather climb up the ladders at Sipapu than climb down them. 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 was the right canyon to go down, but all in all, I never felt lost for more than a couple of minutes.