Natural Bridges National Monument Full Loop
ElevationAscent: 752' 229 m
Descent: -731' -223 m
High: 6,236' 1,901 m
Low: 5,676' 1,730 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“This loop will take you to all three bridges along the unmaintained canyon bottoms back to the parking lot.”— Karl W
Be sure to plan a little extra time than the distance of the trail alone would imply due to the mix of loose sand and bushwhacking through the canyon bottom.
The White Canyon Trail is unmaintained and unmarked so it can be overgrown or have spots with loose sand. This means that the going can be fairly slow for a flat trail. Be mindful of the weather as well since the canyon does flash flood during storms. However, you don't have to worry about getting lost because you are, well, in the bottom of canyon.
When you get to the Kachina Bridge, you'll need to get up and out of the bottom of the river bed on the Kachina Bridge Trail. After you get only part way up onto the ridge, head south - don't take the trail all the way out of the canyon. This will allow you to bypass a dry fall that blocks the river bottom. If you are short on time, hop out of the canyon and take the Kachina Bridge Shortcut Connector to the Owachomo Bridge to Sipapu Bridge Trail, which heads back to the parking lot.
If you're completing a full loop, continue on the White Canyon Trail through the remainder of the canyon between the Kachina Bridge and Owachomo Bridge. Once you are at the bottom of Owachomo Bridge, hop on the Owachomo Bridge Trail to climb out of the canyon. From here, you have a less-interesting but much faster return route along the Owachomo Bridge to Sipapu Bridge Trail. This cuts straight north through the park with no shade the entire way. It will take you straight to the parking lot though.
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