Natural Bridges protects some of the finest examples of
ancient stone architecture in the
southwest. The monument is located in southeast Utah on a pinyon-juniper covered mesa bisected by deep canyons of Permian age Cedar Mesa Sandstone. Where meandering streams cut through the canyon walls, three natural bridges formed: Kachina, Owahcomo and Sipapu.
At an elevation of 6,500 feet above sea level, the Monument is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Plants range from the fragile cryptobiotic soil crusts to remnant stands of Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine. Natural Bridges was established in 1908, making it the oldest National Park Service site in Utah.
Basic Information For Natural Bridges
Operating Hours, Seasons
Open Year Round
How to Get to Natural Bridges National Monument
PLANE - Commercial Service at Grand Junction is the closest
CAR - The entrance to Natural Bridges is at the end of Highway
275, which is roughly 35 miles west of Blanding on Highway 95.
Weather & Climate
Summer highs may exceed 100 Degrees Fahrenheit, with lows in the 60's. Fall and Spring temperatures are milder, with highs in the 70's and 80's. Winter temperatures range from highs in the 40's and 50's to lows well below freezing. Snow is usually light to moderate.
The visitor center and restrooms are accessible to all persons. The campground has no designated site for disabled persons but has several sites and one rest room accessible. The three bridge overlook trails are accessible via a concrete sidewalk, however the sidewalk to the Kachina Bridge viewpoint may not be accessible with a standard wheelchair due to its slope.
Camping at Natural Bridges National Monument
Natural Bridges Campground
Open All Year
13 sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee is $10 per night. Sites have fire grates (no wood gathering in the Monument) and picnic tables. Maximum vehicle length is 26 feet. Campground typically fills by early afternoon from early March through late October. Campground is not cleared of snow in the winter.
Activities and More Information
Visitors should plan on spending a minimum of two to three hours to explore the scenic drive, see the bridges, and hike one of the short trails. Horsecollar Ruin (pictured above) can be seen from the end of one of the short trails. Please note that pets are not allowed on hiking trails
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