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Kachina Bridge Overlook, UT

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
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
Backpack No
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23  2017-10-05
Natural Bridges NM
AZWanderingBear
7  2016-04-18
Natural Bridges National Monument
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2  2014-12-28 Lucyan
13  2011-05-17
Sipapu Bridge
Kel1969
5  2009-05-19 hippiepunkpirate
12  2006-09-03
Owachomo Bridge
PaleoRob
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:00am - 5:09pm
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Geology Nearby
Fast hike with an awesome view!
by PaleoRob

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.

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.

    Permit $$
    NPS

    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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