Natural Bridges National Monument - Sipapu Bridge to Kachina Bridge

Blanding, Utah

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The natural bridges of White Canyon were known by the Navajo and Paiute long before European settlers came to Utah. The Anasazi lived among the bridges in White Canyon, and hikers today visit the canyon not only to explore the unique natural spans of stone, but also to see Anasazi ruins and rock art. This memorable half-day hike surveys the two largest of the natural bridges in the monument, separated by the dramatic bulging Cedar Mesa Sandstone cliffs of White Canyon. En route the trail passes Horse Collar Ruin, an example of an unusual style of Anasazi architecture. The trail loops back to the trailhead via the mesa top, thus surveying the entire spectrum of monument landscapes.
Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region

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Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region

by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)

The natural bridges of White Canyon were known by the Navajo and Paiute long before European settlers came to Utah. The Anasazi lived among the bridges in White Canyon, and hikers today visit the canyon not only to explore the unique natural spans of stone, but also to see Anasazi ruins and rock art.

This memorable half-day hike surveys the two largest of the natural bridges in the monument, separated by the dramatic bulging Cedar Mesa Sandstone cliffs of White Canyon. En route the trail passes Horse Collar Ruin, an example of an unusual style of Anasazi architecture. The trail loops back to the trailhead via the mesa top, thus surveying the entire spectrum of monument landscapes.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Apr through mid-June; Sept
Local Maps: Moss Back Butte USGS quad;
Driving Directions: Directions to Natural Bridges National Monument - Sipapu Bridge to Kachina Bridge

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2002
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Like the last reviewer, I looked down into the canyon in awe from the trailhead above. The trail down is steep but footing is good and there are railings to help out. Walking along the bottom of White Canyon and through these massive bridges is something everyone who enjoys canyon hiking should behold. The ruins are the same quality as those found in Grand Gulch, but not as plentiful. The art panels were also of high quality. The author of this eTrail is very detailed and not only provides very clear directions (both driving and hiking directions), but also takes the time to write out all the things you should not miss along the way.


2/12/2002
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When we reached the trailhead after checking in at the ranger station my bottom jaw dropped in awe! Realizing that I was about to descend this trail to the canyon sooo far below was both scary and elating at the same time. The temperature was in the upper thirties but felt much warmer because it was a still day. It had snowed some the day before so there was still a 2" to 3" layer in places. It was breath taking. We found pictographs and petroglyphs in several areas, as well as Anasazi Ruins. In addition, when we reached Kachina Bridge we found more pictographs. It was a great hike and we highly recommend it - we're going back!



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Apr 2018