Kachina Bridge has the widest girth in the park at a whopping 44-foot width. From the viewpoint, you get a bird's eye view of this massive sandstone structure and the canyons below. Along the way, check out some of the park's plants and geological features.
Length Roundtrip: 0.26 miles (0.42 kilometers) Elevation Change One-way (from Parking Lot to Viewpoint): 45 feet (14 meters) loss, 6 feet (2 meters) gain
Start at the Kachina Bridge parking area and follow the paved trail 0.13 miles (0.21 kilometers) to the overlook. This trail is steep and winding – you will feel all 45 feet as you drop from the parking area to the canyon rim. Much of the trail has a railing.
Yucca, rabbitbrush, and other desert plants line this winding trail. Sun-bleached, bare trees stand like gravestones among lush junipers and pinyon pines. Near the beginning of the trail, potholes indent the exposed sandstone. Partway down, a sandstone wall along the left side of the trail is accented with pockmarks and miniature, arch-like features carved by flowing water.
Bumpy, black biological soil crust coats the ground. This top layer of soil covers the ground and holds moisture, giving life to this arid environment. Biological soil crust is fragile and takes decades to regrow after being stepped on. Please stay on the paved trail at all times.
Directions from Natural Bridges Visitor Center: Out of the visitor center parking lot, turn right at the stop sign. Follow the driving loop approximately 5 miles (8.5 kilometers) until you see the sign and parking area for Kachina Bridge.
Suggested visiting time is spring and fall. Summer temperatures often reach 100°F (38°C), and the trail provides no shade. Winter snow and ice may make the viewpoint inaccessible. If snow and/or ice are present, snow cleats, crampons, and/or poles are recommended.
Although Kachina Bridge is not visible from the viewpoint after sunset, you can stargaze after dark.
Service animals are allowed on this trail.
There is one accessible parking space at the trailhead. The Kachina Bridge Viewpoint trail is paved sidewalk. Total trail length (round trip) is 0.26 miles (a quarter mile), or about 460 yards (0.42 kilometers). The trail elevation declines 45 feet (14 meters) to the overlook. This steep grade may make it difficult for visitors with mobility impairments. There is a bench 380 feet (116 meters) down the trail. There is no shade. Audio recordings of the posted signage are not available.
There is a pit toilet located at the trailhead, next to the parking area. There are flush toilets located outside the visitor center. The nearest water is available at the visitor center.