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Loop Trail -- Natural Bridges National Monument

Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune

 

This hike takes you underneath the three bridges that comprise the national monument. Look up for a few small arches along the way, too. If you choose to start from the north, the trailhead is at the parking area for Sipapu Bridge. The trail is well marked but has some narrow spots and short ladders that descend you into the canyon. After Sipapu, the trail follows the wash that runs through the canyon. It can make for wet hiking in spring and early summer and you will need to pick your own best way to go. After Kachina Bridge, be sure to turn left toward the overlook. You will see trail markers taking you above the canyon and then cairns marking the way to go. Follow the cairns and the canyon to Owachomo Bridge. When you’re done there, follow the signs to Owachomo’s parking area. There, you will see a sign pointing you to a trail that bisects the monument road and returns you to the Sipapu parking area. Fees - $6 per vehicle (monument entrance fee)

Getting there: The monument has a 9-mile road that makes a loop beginning and ending at the visitor’s center. You can start the loop hike at the parking area for Sipapu Bridge (about 2.3 miles from the visitors center) or at the parking area for Owachomo Bridge (about 7 miles from the visitors center).

 

-- Nate Carlisle

Region: Natural Bridges National Monument

Destination: Loop

Distance: 7.8 miles

Time: 5 hours

Elevation Gain: 616 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: No

Biking: N/A

Difficulty: 3
 

 

First published 2010-11-07