Natural Bridges Loop

Hanksville, Utah 84734

Natural Bridges Loop

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"Utah’s first national monument, Natural Bridges became a protected area in 1908 in order to preserve the incredible grandeur of its natural bridges. People back then wouldn’t have considered that the area would also become renowned for its dark night skies many decades later; being far removed from the light pollution of more populous areas, Natural Bridges boasts some of the most stellar night-sky viewing in the Lower 48.

The key attractions here, however, are the majestic bridges to discover on this loop hike. Called Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo to honor the native people who made this area their home centuries and millenia ago, these beautiful natural bridges, formed from Cedar Mesa sandstone, are some of the largest in the world. This trail offers viewpoints as well as allowing you to walk right beneath or beside them."

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"The highlights of this hike are the three enormous natural bridges for which Natural Bridges National Monument was named: Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo Bridge. The canyon-bottom trail passes under all three, while offering views of at least two other less-spectacular arches further up the side of the canyon walls. Also of interest are a number of Indian ruins within the canyon. The present-day park area was used extensively by the prehistoric Anasazi Indians who lived there until about 1300 A.D."
Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert
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"An enjoyable day hike to three huge natural sandstone bridges, involving easy walking and no unusual hazards. You'll also see Ancestral Puebloan ruins, pictographs and petroglyphs, a wide range of vegetation types, and spectacular cliff and canyon scenery. The Bridges Loop is a superb day trip suitable for experienced hikers and reasonably active families. The trail follows White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon past three natural bridges and several Ancestral Puebloan ruins. The only appreciable elevation change involves climbing into and out of the canyons; these stretches are steep but short."

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8/16/2006
Awesome hike... although i'd recommend skipping the hike between the 2nd and 3rd bridge and just thumbing it back to your car. It gets loooong and flat the last 4 or so miles. Love it-- Do it.
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7/22/2002
This is a nice single lane one way loop through incredible scenery. You can stop at the many view points along the way AND on a bike you can stop at places the cars can't. The winding White Canyon is truely awesome. Also, day hike to some of the arches or ruins in the canyon. The rolling road is perfect for riding either a road or mountain bike. Even though you share this road with cars, there is not that much traffic. In June we had the road mostly to ourselves.
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Trail Information

Hanksville
Nearby City
8.6
Distance
495 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Natural Bridges National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Moss Back Butte
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