|Natural Bridges Sipapu Trail
Length: 1.2 miles round trip
Description: Sipapu Bridge is the second largest natural bridge in the world (only Rainbow Bridge in Glen Canyon is bigger). It is located in Natural Bridges National Monument. You can see it from an overlook along the canyon rim, but to really appreciate its grandeur you need to hike into the canyon and look at the massive structure.
In Hopi mythology, a “sipapu” is a gateway through which souls may pass to the spirit world.
The trailhead and parking area are located along the Bridge View loop drive, in National Bridges National Monument. The trail to the canyon bottom is the steepest in the park. A staircase and three wooden ladders have been placed at strategic spots to make it easy to get down the cliffs.
The well-marked trail leads right to the bridge. Hikers can then return the way they came in, or continue down the canyon to view other bridges as part of a loop hike. The loop from Sipapu to Kachina Bridge and then out is 5.6 miles total. The loop to Sipapu and then all the way down to Owachomo and out is 8.6 miles.