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Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
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The third bridge in Natural Bridges National Monument is Owachomo (which means “rock mound” in the Hopi language), and it is the oldest and most delicate. Natural bridges form when meanders of a river in a canyon become so pronounced that two arms of the meander get close enough together to create a very thin wall of rock. Water eventually breaks through, forming a new channel of flow. Bridges start out with very thick spans and small openings that are low and close to the river level, and these openings eventually wear and erode to develop a larger and larger opening. Finally, the top span gets so thin that erosion eventually causes it to collapse. Owachomo Bridge’s span is only nine feet thick, compared to Sipapu at 53 feet and Katchina at 93 feet. Owachomo could collapse this year or in another 500 years from now, but it will likely be the first of the three bridges to do so.

Owachomo Bridge is the easiest bridge to reach to by trail, being just a pretty easy quarter of a mile from the parking area. It is quite elegant in form and easier to photograph than the others because it is more out in the open. Stopping at the Owachomo Bridge is a great addition to the Supapu and Katchina Loop hike for those who don’t want to make the nearly 9-mile loop to hike the length of the canyon to see all three bridges.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Beautiful views. Easy trail.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

No

Address

Bridge View Dr
Lake Powell, UT 84533
United States

Features

Big vistas
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

10.12.15
I love Natural Bridges and Owachomo especially!
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