Natural Bridges National Monument

Hite, Utah

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From the trailhead, the trail drops quickly as it skirts along ledges along a cliff. There is little exposure, but the trail does go down quickly enough that you have to descend several sections with handrails and ladders. These present few problems for most hikers. Once at the bottom, the trail heads downstream, following the convolutions of the meandering stream. The white sandstone canyon walls tower hundreds of feet high. The trail is obvious and has no significant obstacles. Although you have to cross the small stream a few times, you will not need to get wet. Kachina Bridge sneaks up on you on the right side of the canyon. It is smaller than the high, arching Sipapu Bridge, but both are spectacular. The trail passes under the bridge. On the far side you can see that two canyons- White and Armstrong Canyons—meet here.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

From the trailhead, the trail drops quickly as it skirts along ledges along a cliff. There is little exposure, but the trail does go down quickly enough that you have to descend several sections with handrails and ladders. These present few problems for most hikers. Once at the bottom, the trail heads downstream, following the convolutions of the meandering stream.

The white sandstone canyon walls tower hundreds of feet high. The trail is obvious and has no significant obstacles. Although you have to cross the small stream a few times, you will not need to get wet. Kachina Bridge sneaks up on you on the right side of the canyon. It is smaller than the high, arching Sipapu Bridge, but both are spectacular. The trail passes under the bridge. On the far side you can see that two canyons- White and Armstrong Canyons—meet here.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hite
Distance: 8.5
Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Season: March to May, September to November
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, Needles District
Local Maps: USGS Moss Back Butte; Trails Illustrated Dark Canyon and Natural Bridges National Monument
Driving Directions: Directions to Natural Bridges National Monument

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2002
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This eTrail covers the entire loop through Natural Bridges National Monument. You can do day hikes to the arches, the long loop, or either of the half loops. We did the entire loop visiting all three spectacular and photogenic arches. Even though there are cars at the viewpoints, there are not that many people roaming in White Canyon below. There are ruins in the canyon and a few nice petroglyph/pictograph art panels. Keep your eyes out and you may find some that few others do. This makes a great hike that you should enjoy over an entire day so you can explore around.



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Apr 2018