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Sipapu BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2014
Lucyan
Hiking2.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour      2.40 mph
500 ft AEG
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Sipapu is the biggest bridge in terms of height and span, and the most impressive when viewed from below. The trailhead is located a little way beyond the main roadside viewpoint, from where the path descends steeply to the canyon floor; the half mile journey is somewhat strenuous, and has some parts where ladders are installed to traverse vertical cliffs, yet the trail is popular since the bridge is the first along the park road, and arguably the best. The path drops over the plateau edge and soon passes a small Anasazi ruin in a cliff alcove, then after another descent, follows a flat layer for a while, out to a good viewpoint of White Canyon. Next is a crossing of a bushy hillside, a descent of a slickrock slope and finally a climb down a wooden ladder into a small grove of Gambel's oak trees beneath the bridge - part of a cool, green environment quite sheltered from the sun, and kept moist by the seasonal stream that flows through the canyon. The buff colored sandstone of the bridge bears a fine coating of desert varnish, making a nice contrast with the dark green trees growing beneath.
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