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Owachomo Bridge - 8 members in 13 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 26 2020
Charger55
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 Guides 4
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41 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2020
Charger55
Hiking0.60 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles
180 ft AEG
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- Frank Turner "The Road"
Feb 15 2019
Stoic
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 Routes 268
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44 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
Stoic
Hiking0.63 Miles 264 AEG
Hiking0.63 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   1.11 mph
264 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I had to leave the pups in the truck for this hike. (They are not allowed on most of the trails in this park)
I still think my Rayna Puppy had a great 11th birthday!!
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Oct 05 2017
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
 Routes 61
 Photos 2,620
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64 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 27 2016
Mike_Fels
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 Routes 17
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72 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2016
Mike_Fels
Hiking1.16 Miles 284 AEG
Hiking1.16 Miles
284 ft AEG
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This day was a travel day but we stopped to see Natural Bridges National Monument. We did stop for one short hike to this, one of 3 natural bridges in the area. Found out the difference between a bridge and an arch, a bridge is made mostly by the action of flowing water, such as a stream. Where an arch is caused by wind and rain, anything other than flowing water.
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Apr 18 2016
trekkin_gecko
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62 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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40 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2014
Lucyan
Hiking0.40 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking0.40 Miles   1 Hour      0.40 mph
180 ft AEG
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Owachomo may be viewed by a quick hike along an easy trail down a fairly gentle slope starting at the roadside viewpoint, ending at a slickrock bowl directly beneath, at the edge of Armstrong Canyon which runs past on the north side. Armstrong is rather shallow at this point but still receives big floods periodically as evident from a huge, permanent pool just downstream. The bridge spans 180 feet but is just 9 feet thick so will be the first of the three to break, yet it is still likely to survive for several more centuries. Continuation hikes are possible either down the canyon via the 8 mile trail, up the cliffs on the far side to an alternative viewpoint of the bridge, or upstream - although this part of Armstrong Canyon has no path, the terrain is quite moderate.
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Dec 25 2011
desertgirl
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 Joined Mar 31 2002
 Chandler, AZ
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2011
desertgirl
Hiking0.80 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles      30 Mns   1.60 mph
180 ft AEG
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Walked down to go see the arch & evaluate photo ops for star trails.
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Oct 02 2011
nonot
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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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51 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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May 19 2008
Vaporman
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41 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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Sep 03 2006
PaleoRob
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39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2006
PaleoRob
Hiking0.60 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   0.40 mph
180 ft AEG
 
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Overlooks for all 3, plus exploration around Owachomo. Showing some friends the area for the 1st time.
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Apr 13 2002
PaleoRob
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39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Owachomo BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2002
PaleoRob
Hiking0.60 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles      45 Mns   0.80 mph
180 ft AEG
 
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Spontanious trip v3.0. Started heading to Chaco, ended up in SE Utah.
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-Old Spiritual
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May 25 1992
mazatzal
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63 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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average hiking speed 1.56 mph

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