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VISIT NATURAL BRIDGES & BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENTS
In 1908 Natural Bridges was designated as the State's first National Monument. 108 years later Bears Ears was introduced. Both feature spectacular landscapes that took thousands of years to create and are filled with historic artifacts left by the Anasazi people.
There are many ways to experience Natural Bridges. Viewing areas, overlooks, and short hikes. But to truly grasp the nature and magnitude of these bridges, we suggest one of the three hiking loops available to the public.
Complete Loop: 12 Miles - You will pass under all three bridges, through the canyon, and end on the mesa. Moderate conditions, but can be strenuous due to the distance required to complete the loop. If you have a day to spare, you won't regret the wonderful views available to you on this hike.
Sipapu & Kachina Loop: 5.7 Miles
Kachina & Owachomo Loop: 6.5 Miles
If you're limited on time, the shorter loops are a great alternative. All three loops are primitive and require planning for water and conditions. The visitor center staff can update you on trail conditions.
WHAT'S THE HYPE?
Bears Ears is made up of a large area that includes Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch, Elk Ridge, and Indian Creek Climbing Area. What makes Bears Ears National Monument so special is the absolute solitude you will experience on these lands. Lately, the tourist hot-spots have been overrun and overused. Meaning that you hike with a crowd of people surrounding you at all times, making it difficult to truly disconnect. If you are looking to ditch the crowd and truly connect with nature, Bears Ears National Monument is the backcountry adventure you have been waiting for.
Most locations require high clearance and 4x4 / AWD to access. Planning and packing water are your best friends in this Monument.
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