Natural Bridges National Monument - Owachomo Bridge to Kachina Bridge

Blanding, Utah

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Natural Bridges National Monument is a justifiably popular destination, located on the edge of remote Cedar Mesa in southeast Utah. A scenic drive on Bridge View Drive leads past dramatic vista points and several trailheads that access the monument’s excellent trail network. Here hikers can follow short paved paths out to overlooks on the rim, take longer walks into the canyon to visit one of the natural bridges, or utilize the trail network to take loop half- or full-day trips. This fine loop hike combines a trek down Armstrong Canyon, a White Canyon tributary, with a traverse of mesa top woodlands and a visit to both the oldest and most youthful bridges in the monument. This trip is an excellent alternative to the monument's 8-mile loop for hikers budgeting their time and energy and offers a premium return for a minimum investment of time and effort.
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)

Natural Bridges National Monument is a justifiably popular destination, located on the edge of remote Cedar Mesa in southeast Utah. A scenic drive on Bridge View Drive leads past dramatic vista points and several trailheads that access the monument’s excellent trail network. Here hikers can follow short paved paths out to overlooks on the rim, take longer walks into the canyon to visit one of the natural bridges, or utilize the trail network to take loop half- or full-day trips.

This fine loop hike combines a trek down Armstrong Canyon, a White Canyon tributary, with a traverse of mesa top woodlands and a visit to both the oldest and most youthful bridges in the monument. This trip is an excellent alternative to the monument's 8-mile loop for hikers budgeting their time and energy and offers a premium return for a minimum investment of time and effort.

©  Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 5.9
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 - Owachomo Bridge to Kachina Bridge

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2002
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This was a great hike that surprisingly had very few people on it. We had most of the trail and all the scenic wonders to ourselves. There are three main arches in this national monument and each one is quite different. Kachina and Owachomo are the most different and you get to see both of them on this hike. Of the 2 half loops you can do here, this one is probably the least crowded. The eTrail clearly explains the route and what to see along the way. There are a few dead end trails to avoid and the eTrail author steers you in the right direction. For a day hike in southeast Utah, you will not be disappointed with this one.


2/13/2002
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Starting out from the trailhead and descending a mild slope you will cross the mesa; I was under the impression a mesa was flat-flat, but I suppose that's relative to the terrain round it.When we reached Owachomo (its Hopi Indian name) I was astounded by the view. It's the smallest of the three bridges but it's also the oldest. It's center is so thin that it looks as though it could break at any time, although, it's probably thicker than it appears. Walking through the river bed was easy enough and eventually you walk along a bench to the right of and above the river bed. This end of the trail isn't as well traveled as the other end, but it is fairly well marked and not difficult to follow. Eventually you will be hiking on slick rock; it's also well marked by rock cairns. We saw several pictographs along the way. Once we descended the slick rock (it's steep, but there is a handrail to use)near the Kachina Bridge (the second largest of the three bridges) and White Canyon we found even more drawings and a "Guest Book" (there is also one at the trailhead) to sign and enter a comment or two about the trail. We always sign and comment, but we enjoy reading others comments too! All those who came before us always seem to have the same wonderful experience that we did. We recommend that you hike this trail, you'll definitely enjoy it!!



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