Kachina Natural Bridge is located in Natural Bridges National Monument in southeastern Utah. With a span of 204 feet, a height of 210 feet and a width of 44 feet, it is ranked at #20 of the world’s largest natural bridges and arches. It is only only a few miles from the #13th largest bridge, Sipapu natural bridge and Owachomo natural bridge.
The arch is in shadow for much of the day and the lighting can be contrasty. A short hike of a couple hundred yards across slick rock will give a view of the bridge from above. The trail to the bottom (which I haven’t done yet) is .75 miles each way with an elevation change of 400 feet. It takes about 45 minutes to make the hike and you’ll have to walk uneven stone steps with switchbacks and steep sections of slickrock with handrails and one short ladder.
Kachina was named after carvings found nearby that appeared similar to Hopi Kachina dancers. The bridge is testament to the on-going forces of nature working here. In 1992, about 4,000 tons of sandstone fell from the inside of the bridge opening, making it larger and repeating the process that makes these natural wonders and will ultimately lead to their destruction.
Some believe that the petroglyphs located near the base of Kachina natural bridge depict a dinosaur.
To read more about Natural Bridges National Monument, go here.
I’ve put a list of all the arches and natural bridges I’ve visited here.