Natural Bridges National Monument Things to Do

  • A hole in the rock-way down there
    A hole in the rock-way down there
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  • Steep ladder to conquer the rock face
    Steep ladder to conquer the rock face
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  • Wobbly ladder to descend toward the arch
    Wobbly ladder to descend toward the arch
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    Mule Canyon-House of Fire Indian Ruin

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 16, 2009

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    This Pueblo ruin is fantastic to see up close, but also the purpose is to come when the sun shines on the rock. It looks like the house is on fire, or at least the cove overhang. The hike was not to difficult, even though a long trek through sand as you follow the creek bed bottom. The rock walls surrounding you get form 60 to 100 feet high. The creek is crossed 8 times, so in rain, or afterword, be assured you are wet up to your knees. The hike was about 2 miles round trip. It was a fabulous site once you get to it. You can walk up to and inside the ruins, but I would not in order to preserve this treasure. road/sandy one. The site is 19 miles from Hwy 191 and 10 miles from Natural Bridge entrance on Hwy 95. At road mile marker 102 is the turn to get to the parking place about 3/10 down the road to park. Go across where you park and walk into the creek bed

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    Mule Canyon

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 30, 2009

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    The roadside has a kiva and ruins of living quarters of Pueblo Indians. It is right off the road, and a short walk to the site. The kiva and ruins are nice, but the real site is the House of Fire on a hike taken and located shortly downroad.
    At this site you can walk to the cliff edge after hiking 1/2 mile through the trees for a view. You can get down to the overlook of the canyon beyond, called Mule Canyon of all things. It is a nice view and I was trying to see ruins in the rock from a distance. I could not be for sure if I did see them. There are many along the canyon ridge

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    Natural Bridges Sipapu Arch

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 16, 2009

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    This arch is 220 feet high and spans 268 feet. It is the second largest arch in the world. It sits in a valley that takes a bit going up to go down to it. The hike is 2.1 miles per my calculation, versus park estimate of 1.2 miles?? The elevation is 500 feet and you take two old wood ladders to get up to some areas. There are also some rocks and boulders to climb and a little slickrock on an angle for the venture. Overall the hike was moderate, and a bit more difficult than I anticipated.

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    Natural Bridges Kachina Arch-Hike

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 16, 2009

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    This arch is 210 feet high and the span is 204 feet' 93 feet thick. The arch is reported to be the newer of these because of the large size of the span yet and narrow opening. It has not been eroded as much yet. The hike was 1.8 miles and elevation variance of 400 feet. The hike was okay and not too difficult for me, not being a superstar hiker. The bridge is named after Hopi ceremonial dancers-Kachina

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    Natural Bridges-Owachomo Arch

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 16, 2009

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    This hike to the arch was relatively easy and short at 6/10 of a mile, and steps to help you get down to the arch. It has a span of 180 feet, and is 106 feet high. The thickness of this arch is very narrow at 9 feet, and 32 feet wide. The name in Indian language means rock mound because of the adjacent rock hills next to it.

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    Natural Bridge-Sipapu Hike Obstacles

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 1, 2010

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    There were some traversing that some people would not like to do, and on a couple of occasions it is a stretch to reach the next foothold. In one case after getting down from a ladder rung, there is an angle drop off that was steep that can be dangerous. Take it slow; no ropes to hold you up.

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    Natural Bridges Maps of Park

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 16, 2009

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    This park is off of Hwy 95, onto UT 275 for 5 miles past the cutoff, and about 32 miles form Blanding. The park has 9 miles of road that is a loop back to the beginning. Along this are the arches to stop and take pictures and hike.

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    Sipapu Bridge

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Sipapu Bridge

    This is the first bridge you will run into as you loop through the park. It's the biggest of the three in terms of height and span. The second overlook in the park is the best view of the bridge. Several stops later will be the trailhead to hike down to the base of the bridge. The trailheads are well marked and give you a good summary of elevation changes and distances to the bridges.

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    Kachina Bridge

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Kachina Bridge

    This is the second of the three bridges. It's only slightly smaller than Sipapu. You do get a pretty good look at the river that helped carve this bridge from the overlook. The walk to this overlook is a little longer than the others, and it has a slight incline at the beginning.

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    Horse Collar Ruin

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    If you're looking for a short hike that isn't as strenuous, this is the one. The trailhead is a few stops after the Sipapu Bridge. It starts with a steep hill, but then levels off pretty well. You walk along the canyon over the rocky terrain (there are guardrails to help mark the way.) At the end, you can view a set of ruins. It's about a 30-45 minute round trip hike.

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    Natural Bridges National Park

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 17, 2002

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    These arches (bridges) are huge. You need to get out of your car and take several of the walking paths marked out and get under these arches to realize the enormous size of them. We visited on a windy day and the sound of the wind blowing through the rocks and brush was eerie.

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    Owachomo Bridge

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Owachomo Bridge

    The last of the three bridges, Owachomo is the smallest, "only" 106 feet tall and 180 feet across. Although we weren't able to take the trail down to the bridge when there, the trailhead guide led us to believe this would be the least strenuous of the three, although it would still have a decent elevation change to it.

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    Natural Bridges-Horsecollar Ruin Overlook

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 16, 2009

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    This is a picture of the collar as seen form above. A short trail of 6/10 mile leads to a Pueblo ruin and granaries which the name derived from.

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