Hiking the Natural Bridges loop

Utah’s Natural Bridges National Monument was established way back in 1908, but it remains off most visitors to the Utah desert’s radar. It’s a small, rather old-fashioned park, with a beautiful loop drive that takes you right past the main attractions: Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo natural bridges. The first bridge you encounter – Sipapu – is the second largest in the world, and an impressive sight. You don’t need to do any hiking to see the bridges, but the 9 mile loop hike which connects the bridges via stretches of beautiful canyons is highly recommended. I’ve done it twice, and it makes for a wonderful moderate outing in the desert.

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