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Kachina Bridge Overlook, UT

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Distance Round Trip 0.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,018 feet
Elevation Gain 20 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 0.35
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Owachomo Bridge
PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 137
Routes 111
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Trips 942 map ( 2,097 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:04am - 6:25pm
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Fast hike with an awesome view!
by PaleoRob

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Natural Bridges National Monument, in southeastern Utah, is a small monument with big attractions. The seconds largest natural bridge in the United States resides there, along with two other enormous natural stone spans. Sipapu, the largest of the three, spans Armstrong Canyon. Owachomo, the smallest, crosses a tributary of White Canyon. Kachina, the middle-sized bridge, crosses Armstrong just where it joins into White Canyon. Viewing the junction of these two awesome canyons, with Kachina Bridge connecting two sides of one canyon together, is amazing, and the hike to get there is quite easy. From the parking area at the Kachina Bridge trailhead, head west towards the canyon rim along the trail. The trail drops a few feet quickly as you cross the slickrock mesa top. Shortly after that, the trail to hike to the canyon bottom branches off to the left. It is well signed. The trail to the overlook continues straight ahead. There are a couple benches along the trail, making this trail perfect for those unable to hike long distances, such as those with small children.


The trail eventually dead-ends at the canyon rim. The floor of White Canyon, coming downover a serious pourover to the left, 340 feet below. Armstrong Canyon, the bottom laying under Kachina Bridge, joins White Canyon at the foot of the bridge. The canyon makes a sharp turn there, and heads west, eventually meeting up with Lake Powell at Hite.

Kachina Bridge gets its name from several petroglyphs on the underside ends of the bridge. Early explorers to the Natural Bridges area named the bridges after various parts of goverment, with President, Senator, etc. Kachina was originally Senator. Later the name changed to Caroline, after a local cowboy's mother. It was William Douglas, a government surveyor, who coined the name Kachina, and it has stuck ever since.

The trail ends at a railing-enclosed viewing area, with a couple of informational plaques. The intrepid hiker can continue from here back to the branch, and hike down to the bridge. For those who are not interested in seeing Kachina Bridge closer up, return to the parking area by the same trail you took to the overlook.

There is no water on this trail, and very little shade. Be sure to fill your water bottles at the Visitor's Center.

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2007-12-25 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Kachina Bridge Overlook
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    Natural Bridges NM
    Day 2 of my 14-day found me in Natural Bridges NM. I set up camp, spent some time talking to the helpful rangers and then drove the loop hitting all the overlooks. The ruins were interesting looking from the rim, but there wasn't a way to get closer that I could sleuth out.Camp was a quiet night grilling a burger and turning in early. I don't sleep well in campgrounds -too many people and noises.

    Headed out to do the Sipapu-Owachomo Loop following the ranger's good advice and leaving my vehicle at Owachomo and hiking counter clockwise starting across the mesa near sunrise. I thought the mesa portion of the hike would be boring, but it was great. There were huge areas of cryptobiotic soil, the cedar pinion forest, animal sounds, slick rock areas. Nice way to start.

    The drop into Sipapu requires ladders, got to love a hike that requires ladders. I'd read a lot about this bridge in particular and enjoyed knowing the story as I descended. It is truly impressive to be under this formation.

    The hike along the bottom of the drainage was nice. The trail isn't maintained and can be difficult to follow sometimes as it crosses and recrosses the stream bed, but you can't really get lost. Its pretty lush with cottonwoods, willows, tamarisk and two very out of place spruce trees. Some potholes of water were easily easily worked around and surrounded by deer, coyote and bobcat tracks. The ranger had warned me of extensive muddy areas, but those had largely dried and the little remaining was easily avoided. The quietness was a physical thing. I stepped on a dried cottonwood stick and the resulting loud snap seemed a violation of local protocol.

    Passed one hiker going the other way before arriving at Kachina Bridge. The abutments of Kachina are just simply massive. A couple had dropped down from the overlook above. We exchanged pleasantries as I took my lunch in the shade of the bridge.

    I was mindful of the ranger's admonition to NOT follow the White Canyon Creek drainage NW. "The next stop is Lake Powell in 50 miles. You won't make it," he said. But the trail took me upslope and I worried I was headed for the overlook and almost dropped back into the drainage below, only to realize going up was required to avoid the 80' pour off between Kachina and Owachomo. The remaining hike to Owachomo was through a narrowing canyon with the sun in my face. The trail became fainter, harder to follow until finally I saw the bridge and knew the truck was close by.

    Stopped back at the visitor center to refill my water bottles and debrief the ranger on the trail. We swapped stories for a bit and then I headed back to camp for a nap in my tent cot and one more evening before pressing on the next morning.
    Kachina Bridge Overlook
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    Natural Bridges National Monument
    Road trip :)
    Got to natural bridges national monument early afternoon
    Plenty of time to hike down to sipapu bridge and almost up to the horsecollar ruins, then down to kachina and owachomo bridges
    Great scenery on the drive up
    Moki dugway was pretty cool
    Stayed in blanding and headed for Moab on Tuesday
    Bonus hiking on a travel day and a great start to the trip

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    Natural Bridges National Monument
    $6 per car (Good for 7 days) Entrance Fee


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    To hike
    From Blanding, Utah, take Utah Route 95 west towards Natural Bridges National Monument. Turn right at the sign for Natural Bridges National Monument onto Route 275. Take this road into the park. Stop at the Visitor's Center to pay the fee, then continue on the road. Turn right at the T junction onto the one-way Bridge View Loop. Pull off at the Kachina Bridge parking lot (signed) and begin your hike there.
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