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Sipapu Bridge - 7 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 22 2018
Booneman
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 728
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Sipapu BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2018
Booneman
Hiking1.65 Miles 626 AEG
Hiking1.65 Miles      40 Mns   2.48 mph
626 ft AEG
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Fun, adventurous trail down to the bridge. This place has to be one of the best kept secrets in the Southwest!
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Oct 05 2017
AZWanderingBea
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 Guides 27
 Routes 62
 Photos 2,620
 Triplogs 700

63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Natural Bridges NM, UT 
Natural Bridges NM, UT
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2017
AZWanderingBear
Hiking10.54 Miles 1,157 AEG
Hiking10.54 Miles
1,157 ft AEG
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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.
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Apr 18 2016
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 343
 Photos 4,106
 Triplogs 2,608

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Natural Bridges National Monument, UT 
Natural Bridges National Monument, UT
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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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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Dec 28 2014
Lucyan
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 Routes 1
 Photos 11,257
 Triplogs 707

39 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
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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Oct 02 2011
nonot
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 Guides 93
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 Photos 1,969
 Triplogs 476

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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sipapu-Owachomo Loop TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2011
nonot
Hiking9.00 Miles 495 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.04 mph
495 ft AEG
 
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Hiked Clockwise from O bridge. Found the "secret" Kachina Ruins, a hidden granary, Horsecollar ruins, and had a great time.
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May 17 2011
Kel1969
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 Routes 5
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50 male
 Joined Oct 11 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Sipapu BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 17 2011
Kel1969
Hiking1.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles      40 Mns   1.80 mph
500 ft AEG
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Apr 01 2011
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Sipapu-Owachomo Loop TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2011
GrottoGirl
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
 
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We planned to go to Cedar Mesa for a backpack that we organized for the Tucson Backpacking meetup. Four of us decided to head down a bit early and check out Natural Bridges. We did a loop hike that included Sipapu and Kachina Bridge as well as the Horsecollar Ruins and the petroglyphs and pictographs near Kachina Bridge.

As we headed down the trail to Sipapu Bridge we were looking in White Canyon. The canyon was spectacular and would have been a great hike even without the bridges and ruins. Sipapu took my breath away. We managed to get down to the overlook and below the bridge at a great time for photos. We then continued down canyon to Kachina Bridge. It would be easy to miss the Horsecollar ruins if you didn't know to expect them. We didn't go over and check them out since we were planning on spending the next three days immersed in ruins. We did, however, check out the petroglyphs and pictographs at Kachina Bridge. After Kachina bridge we climbed out of the canyon and then over the mesa back to our car.

This was the perfect afternoon hike after our drive from Arizona. We had a good time camping overnight in the Natural Bridges campground.
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Apr 01 2011
RedwallNHops
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 237
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sipapu-Owachomo Loop TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2011
RedwallNHops
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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Great way to get the blood flowing after the drive to bridges NM.
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May 20 2009
hippiepunkpira
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 Guides 25
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33 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Sipapu BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 20 2009
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking1.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Day 3 of my May 2009 Utah trip. I'm really glad I did this hike because from the viewpoints, the bridges don't look very impressive. From the canyon floor, it's a different story. To get a better perspective on the massiveness of the bridges in this park, it is essential that one looks up at them from below. I would definitely like to come back and hike down below Kachina Bridge and Owachoma Bridge.
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May 19 2008
Vaporman
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 Guides 2
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Sipapu-Owachomo Loop TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 19 2008
Vaporman
Hiking8.60 Miles 495 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.02 mph
495 ft AEG
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Did the full loop that includes all three bridges of Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo and then back across the mesa to your parked car.
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May 25 1992
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Day 3: S Utah, UT 
Day 3: S Utah, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 25 1992
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Day 3 of our trip:
Blanding :next: Natural Bridges :next: Little Egypt :next: Capital Reef :next: Escalante/Kodachrome
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