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Kachina Bridge Trail

Natural Bridges National Monument

Colorado Plateau, Utah

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  • An early sight along the trail.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • The cut rock stairs make this hike a really cool trek.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • The cut rock stairs make this hike a really cool trek.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • The cut rock stairs make this hike a really cool trek.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • It feels like you are hiking in a fantasy land.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • Kachina Bridge.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • Kachina Bridge.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • Getting to walk under the massive feature really makes the trip.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • Petroglyphs along the inner wall.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • The backside of the bridge.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • Beautiful desert varnish lines the stone.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • Kachina Bridge.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • Kachina Bridge.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • The bridge is 93 feet thick and spans 204 feet across.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • 4,000 tons of stone fell in 1992 to enlarge the stone. Never expect it to be fully safe under here.- Kachina Bridge Trail
  • - Kachina Bridge Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short hike to an amazing natural bridge.
Cons: 
Large elevation change. Can get very hot in summer.
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Region:
Colorado Plateau, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
-400.00 ft (-121.92 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,048.00 ft (1,843.43 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Kachina Bridge is one of the three massive Natural Bridges at the less-than-famous Natural Bridges National Monument. This short-but-steep trail takes you down into a desert ravine with an awesome set of steps cut into the stone. The sheer cliffs next to the stairs makes for a fun but potentially scary hike down to the bridge if the weather is inclement. The phenomenal bridge is a thick piece of sandstone that was eroded away by water running underneath it, rather than by wind, as is the case with arches. There is still a creek running beneath it today, and it is this serpentine ravine that makes up the grander 10-mile loop that visits all three major bridges in the park as well as Horsecollar Ruins. Cottonwood trees line the waterways along with wildflowers in the spring and early summer.

While short, this hike is pretty sweet. There is a waterfall along the way that you can see in the distance in the spring as well as some petroglyphs on the inner walls of the bridge. There are some hand rails and a small wooden ladder along the way because of the steep pitch along some parts of the hike. Other than some sun exposure the hike is short enough to not require too much major planning, but remember to bring some water. There is a bathroom and a lookout at the trailhead.

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