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We began at Owl around 2pm in 95°F weather. We came upon our first ruin, about half a granary, about 100 feet from the top. The second bunch of ruins we almost missed, being hidden behind a "waterfall". We didn't see any after those until we reached the confluence, at which we decided to take a day hike south. We came upon 2 granaries on that hike, one circular and one rectangular structure. There was another granary we found that was falling apart. All of the structures going past the confluence were very hard to spot and very easy to miss with their camouflage construction.The easiest way to spot them is to look for their perfect square openings. We didn't see any structures on our way back up Fish. Although there is a small creek with flowing water right along the trail. I'd do this hike again and make my way farther south to find more structures if I knew there was water to be found south of the confluence.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail with some trail finding to do. Cool ruins and scenery. We did see some bear scat, but nothing to be alarmed about. A little bit tough to get out the Fish Creek side. There was a rope there when we did it and it was helpful. Some fore thought and planning and this can be a great over night hike. My GPS tracks with all side trips was right at 20 miles.

This was chalk full of ruins and rock art! The hike itself wasn’t a lot of elevation gain but long. We Stayed overnight 2 nights. Water is scarce even in the spring so make sure you bring a good water filter. I could see this getting really hot in the summer. We got a little lost before Sheiks canyon and if I ever did this again I’d make sure I had a gps that I could run constantly. Seriously amazing to see all the ancient ruins. Also people were few and far between which was great. We only saw two other people on our second day.

An amazing place to experience, with limited people and ample water at the end of March. I detoured off course to spend the first night at the mouth of Green House Canyon, 2.5 miles west from the confluence of Bullet and Grand, before getting water at Green House Spring and then backtracking to complete the route.

Four days seemed about right for this trip, in which I logged a total of 38 miles in-canyon with my planned detour and numerous side trips to the Anasazi ruins along the way.

Hike up and back is very easy. Trail is marked well. Scenery is incredible and it was worth going down into the canyon to see it up close. Very snowy day so there were very few people around. I think we saw one other group hiking.

This trail is the last one of the bridge trails in the park loop. The drive through the park is a one way road, and this is the last one in the loop. We went Dec. 23, 2017. Sipapu Bridge Trail was closed due to ice and snow, the Kachina Bridge Trail wasn't closed, but we found it a little steep. So, we only went on this trail. It was a nice and easy trail. If you get a chance to go on a trail in this park, this one may be the one!

hiking
7 months ago

Driving from Capitol Reef to Canyonlands, made a stop at Natural Bridges National Monument. Glad we did! Only had the chance to hike to this one natural bridge. Not a very long hike and all downhill from the parking area, but the hike back is all uphill. Not much shade, so bring water.

hiking
9 months ago

Visitors have the choice of seeing the bridge from the overlook or walking down into the canyon to see it from below. I have a recording of our walk. The recording has two branches. The right branch takes you to the overlook which is flat and I believe, paved. The left branch will take you down into the canyon. First you walk down some steps and it starts out steep, then it levels out when you walk around this huge mushroom looking boulder (that's the boulder you stand on top for the overlook), then the trail will take a switch back and go down a steep decline. We did not go any further as since it was winter, the trail was a bit slippery and icy. From this switchback where you are bascially standing under the overlook, we took another photo from this lower vantage point. See my recording for photos.

I did this as an overnight in mid-October. I'll leave a few tips here for anyone considering this trip:

- the loop is longer than 15 miles. My GPS track shows 19 and I have seen others tracking around 21 miles. I don't know where the '15 miles' comes from, and this isn't the only site that claims that.

- this can be extremely difficult hiking. Large sections of the canyons have no real 'trail' to speak of, and where there is (was?) a trail a lot of it can be overgrown or very easy to lose track of. Bring a map and pay attention.

- you can go in via Owl or Fish. Fish requires descending down or climbing up a 15'ish foot crack/dihedral. I went down that way. Understand that if you can not climb it, you are faced with backtracking 19-21 miles to get out via Owl...

- Obviously I then exited via Owl, and be warned the last few miles of the hike are pretty rough including some exposed sections and slab/friction climbing to get up and around obstacles in the creek

- The rangers had received a report of someone seeing bear prints in Fish but they weren't sure if it was accurate. I saw three piles of bear scat within the first couple miles of the descent in to Fish so, again, just something to be aware of.

- There are very few ruins to be seen on the loop itself. Supposedly there are more to be found if you hike down south of the confluence of Fish and Owl creeks. Very high effort, low reward trip if you are looking to see remnants of the ancients...

- Very important: there is no direct phone to reach the Kane Gulch ranger station. The only person you can speak to is the ranger who sets up your permits ($8 per person per trip) which you then have to pick up in person at the ranger station itself (during high season anyway). The permit guy has no knowledge of conditions or water availability which means that you will have no knowledge of conditions or water availability until you are standing in the ranger station 5 miles from the trailhead. Plan accordingly, bring enough water to cover your trip, and hope you won't end up having to haul it in.

Great trail. Give yourself 4 days to do the trip. There are a ton of side hikes to different ruins that you won't want to miss. Also be sure to fill up water every opportunity you get. We were drinking out of scarcely found puddles the entire trip.

Spent 5 days backpacking with a group! Beautiful area and slow at this time of the season

Incredible primitive area in Utah. Spent 19 days out here backpacking 80 miles thru all of Slickhorn Canyon and Grand Gulch. Spectacular place for absolute solitude.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The easiest of all 3 Bridges, Trail is over dirt & slick rock. In sun all day, no shade at all other than near the bridge, can get very hot!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

(*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!

hiking
Monday, January 11, 2016

Lots of scrambles! Started on the Fish Creek side. It was not marked well, we spent most of the afternoon trying to find the decent into the canyon. Once we found it, there's a sudden drop that we had to climb down & lower our packs into. After this is a very steep scramble down. Be very careful going down! Once we were down into the canyon, there trail isn't too bad. Lots of creek crossing. There were several more small scrambles, and trying to find where the trail was. Flooding had washed away a lot of it. There are several great camp sites along the way, water is available. The scramble up Owl Creek has some really nice indian ruins. Overall It's a nice trail, just make sure you're in good shape & have a good amount of water for the scrambles.

walking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The view of this feature from the west looking east is incredible. It is an interesting place to hike around with many ancient ruins and petroglyphs and other artifacts. Spend a day here driving or biking and then exploring.

Amazing and according to my GPS closer to 28 miles from Kane Gulch trailhead to bullet Canyon trailhead.

hiking
Monday, July 28, 2014

beautiful area to spend many days in. There are a few easy top rope climbs at the mouth and a big petroglyph panel near the mouth. the canyon is awesome and has many great archeological sites.

hiking
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Loved it! There's definitely some rock climbing to be done both in and out of the canyon so be ready for that.

hiking
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wonderful red-rock hike. It's a bit of a scramble getting down into the canyon, but nothing too difficult or exposed. Some navigation is required to get around one of the pour-offs because the trail is not always apparent.

hiking
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nice hike to cool bridge

hiking
Monday, September 09, 2013

A short easy hike that I did with my children

hiking
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Just a short hike down the hill to this natural bridge. It is the oldest in the monument.

on Arch Canyon Trail

off road driving
Monday, December 24, 2012

Arch Canyon trail starts approximately 2.4 miles north of UT Hwy 95 off Comb Wash road. This is a sandy trail that crosses the wash numerious times as it winds between steep canyon walls. There's Cliff Dwellers ruins and Petroglyphs a few places along the way. Length is 8 miles from the begining to end of the canyon (the turnaround point) We went on the 12th of May and it was hot! This would be a nice winter hike. High clearance 4WD required if driving.

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2012

Amazing canyon and hike!

off road driving
Thursday, March 15, 2012

We were in the neighborhood of Blanding UT, and decided to take a look at the canyon. We only went as far as the Arch, we did not do the whole 18 mile hike. Most memorable thing, it was hot! But any hike in Utah, is worth the effort.

Sweet place

nature trips
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This is a beautiful trail. We horseback rode it September 2011. The ride down from the little notch trail head was challenging in places. There are alot of switchbacks, great views of the canyon and even a small waterfall. Once down in the bottom water was plentiful at least when we were there. We followed bear tracks most of the way in the canyon but never saw the bear. We eventually took trail 005 up to cream pots. That trail becomes more of a desert type terrain and at the top is somewhat barren. Next time we will take the posey trail, 166. On the ride back we saw an Anasazi ruin that we missed coming in. We only saw one person and he was there to scope things out for a group he had coming in the next day to do some archelogical work. The ride back up out of the canyon was a chore for the horses but we just stopped often and let them catch their breath. Good thing we had them in shape. I would suggest any man or beast that hikes this be in pretty good shape as that climb out of the canyon will test you. Trails very well maintained. To do some prepareation I talked to the forest service ranger who is in charge of maintaining the trails. I need to mention him as he was very accomedating, friendly and informative. Brian Murdoch thank you very much.

hiking
Monday, May 17, 2010

This is a beautiful canyon with (in May 2010) plenty of water in the cool stream. There are several side trips to take to old Puebloan (sp?)/ Anasazi ruins. The BB Ruins are some of the most pristine in the area and it's worth it just to check them out. The trail is in great shape and easy to follow - with the exception of a lone marshy area. That could get overgrown quickly. We saw evidence of cats, coyotes and other animals, but no snakes (not that I'm complaining). It's lush and green, not what you'd expect in canyon country. I only saw one other person (outside of our group) in the week we were down there. Make sure to check out the Posey Trail for some amazing vistas!

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