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Natural Bridges National Monument Full Loop

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 4.6 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop will take you to all three bridges along the unmaintained canyon bottoms back to the parking lot.


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Map Key

8.5

Miles

13.6

KM

Loop

6,236' 1,901 m

High

5,676' 1,730 m

Low

752' 229 m

Up

731' 223 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Overview

This is a way to see all three of the massive natural bridges in the park in a single long loop. Much of the trail is unmaintained so it can be slow going but the path is beautiful and secluded compared to the various overlook trails.

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.

Need to Know

The White Canyon Trail is unmaintained and unmarked so it can be overgrown with spots of 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.

Description

Starting from the Sipapu Bridge parking area, take the Sipapu Bridge trail to the canyon bottom - but use the Sipapu Overlook Trail for a very quick side trail to the best view of the bridge from above. The Sipapu Trail has a lot of interactive parts such as ladders and mini-scrambles. Once at the canyon bottom, follow the White Canyon Trail to the south and west.

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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  4.6 from 12 votes

#831

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Photos

Fun little ladder you have to climb while on trail.
Oct 18, 2016 near Blanding, UT
Under the massive Owachomo Bridge
Oct 5, 2016 near Blanding, UT
Overlooking the Sipapu Bridge.
Oct 5, 2016 near Blanding, UT
Beautiful canyon with views for days
Oct 18, 2016 near Blanding, UT
Afternoon light on Sipapu Bridge. Photo Credit: NPS Photo / Jacob W. Frank.
Oct 21, 2016 near Blanding, UT
Owachomo Bridge
Oct 5, 2016 near Blanding, UT

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May 24, 2019
Matthew Kidd
Streams are flowing strongly after a wet winter but all stream crossings can be managed without getting your feet wet if you are careful. 9.5mi — 5h 11m
Nov 15, 2018
Bogie Dee
Nov 4, 2018
Jordan Bernhardt
8.5mi
May 28, 2018
Chelsey Keeler
NOT 8.5 miles. The loop is at least 10 from start to finish. 10mi
May 26, 2018
Andy R
Apr 15, 2018
K W
6mi
Mar 1, 2018
M & C T
8.5mi
Nov 23, 2017
Michael Bobbe