Walk to the Sipapu Bridge Viewpoint

view of Sipapu natural bridge from viewpoint
This paved path is a quick and easy way to marvel at Sipapu Bridge.

NPS Photo by Miranda Kay

With a span of 268 feet, Sipapu Bridge is the largest natural bridge in the park and the second largest in the United States. From the viewpoint, you get sweeping views of the bridge and the canyon it spans.

Length Roundtrip: 581 feet (177 meters)
Elevation Change One-way (from Parking Lot to Viewpoint): 19 feet (5.89 meters) loss, 0 feet gain

paved path to Sipapu Bridge viewpoint
This paved path declines from the parking area to the viewpoint.

NPS Photo by Miranda Kay

Getting There

Start at the Sipapu Bridge Viewpoint parking area. Follow the paved trail 290 feet (88.6 meters) to the overlook.

Special Features

The Sipapu Bridge Viewpoint Trail is a great place for geology, with desert varnish streaking down the canyon walls and potholes on the canyon rim. Below, you can see where an ancient river once flowed through the canyon and carved out the bridge.

Looking for More?

If you want to get closer, consider taking the trail down to Sipapu Bridge.


10 minutes minimum, depending how long you stay at the viewpoint

All ages, but minors should be with an adult parent or guardian.

Pets must be on a leash (6 feet or shorter) and under control at all times.

Park entry fees are required.

Directions from Natural Bridges Visitor Center: visitor center parking lot, turn right at the stop sign. Follow the one-way driving loop approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) until you see the sign and parking area for the Sipapu Bridge Viewpoint.

All seasons – 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.

All times of day – Although Sipapu Bridge is not visible from the viewpoint after sunset, you can stargaze after dark.

Accessibility Information

Service animals are allowed on this trail.

There is one accessible parking space at the trailhead. The Sipapu Bridge Viewpoint trail is paved sidewalk. Total trail length (roundtrip) is 581 feet or about 194 yards (177 meters). The trail declines 19 feet (6 meters) to the overlook.

Audio recordings of the posted signage are not available. There is a bench at the overlook. There is no shade.

The nearest restrooms are flush toilets located outside the visitor center and a pit toilet located at the Kachina Bridge parking area. Restrooms and water are available at the visitor center.

Last updated: April 10, 2018