Natural Bridges National Monument Travel Guide

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    A hole in the rock-way down there
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Natural Bridges National Monument Things to Do

  • Ghost of Hite

    Natural bridges National Park is situated halfway between the confluence of the Colorado and Dirty Devil Rivers on one side and Mexican Hat on the other. At this point the Colorado River has begun to carve out the humongous Glenn Canyon. This monster of a canyon has been destined to help production of electricity in the form of Lake Powel filling...

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  • Owachomo

    Accessing Owachomo “Bridge” is straight forward via gradual incline. At the beginning one might wonder where the hell this bridge is since it is well masked by the hill behind, covering the “hole” below. When approaching closer along the path, the “arch” begins to form giving away the destination. Once below the bridge the visitor is prone to...

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  • Natural Bridge-Sipapu Hike Obstacles

    There were some traversing that some people would not like to do, and on a couple of occasions it is a stretch to reach the next foothold. In one case after getting down from a ladder rung, there is an angle drop off that was steep that can be dangerous. Take it slow; no ropes to hold you up.

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  • Mule Canyon

    The roadside has a kiva and ruins of living quarters of Pueblo Indians. It is right off the road, and a short walk to the site. The kiva and ruins are nice, but the real site is the House of Fire on a hike taken and located shortly downroad. At this site you can walk to the cliff edge after hiking 1/2 mile through the trees for a view. You can get...

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  • Mule Canyon-House of Fire Indian Ruin

    This Pueblo ruin is fantastic to see up close, but also the purpose is to come when the sun shines on the rock. It looks like the house is on fire, or at least the cove overhang. The hike was not to difficult, even though a long trek through sand as you follow the creek bed bottom. The rock walls surrounding you get form 60 to 100 feet high. The...

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  • Natural Bridges-Horsecollar Ruin...

    This is a picture of the collar as seen form above. A short trail of 6/10 mile leads to a Pueblo ruin and granaries which the name derived from.

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  • Natural Bridges Kachina Arch-Hike

    This arch is 210 feet high and the span is 204 feet' 93 feet thick. The arch is reported to be the newer of these because of the large size of the span yet and narrow opening. It has not been eroded as much yet. The hike was 1.8 miles and elevation variance of 400 feet. The hike was okay and not too difficult for me, not being a superstar hiker....

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  • Natural Bridges-Owachomo Arch

    This hike to the arch was relatively easy and short at 6/10 of a mile, and steps to help you get down to the arch. It has a span of 180 feet, and is 106 feet high. The thickness of this arch is very narrow at 9 feet, and 32 feet wide. The name in Indian language means rock mound because of the adjacent rock hills next to it.

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  • Natural Bridges Sipapu Arch

    This arch is 220 feet high and spans 268 feet. It is the second largest arch in the world. It sits in a valley that takes a bit going up to go down to it. The hike is 2.1 miles per my calculation, versus park estimate of 1.2 miles?? The elevation is 500 feet and you take two old wood ladders to get up to some areas. There are also some rocks and...

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  • Natural Bridges Maps of Park

    This park is off of Hwy 95, onto UT 275 for 5 miles past the cutoff, and about 32 miles form Blanding. The park has 9 miles of road that is a loop back to the beginning. Along this are the arches to stop and take pictures and hike.

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  • Owachomo Bridge

    The last of the three bridges, Owachomo is the smallest, "only" 106 feet tall and 180 feet across. Although we weren't able to take the trail down to the bridge when there, the trailhead guide led us to believe this would be the least strenuous of the three, although it would still have a decent elevation change to it.

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  • Kachina Bridge

    This is the second of the three bridges. It's only slightly smaller than Sipapu. You do get a pretty good look at the river that helped carve this bridge from the overlook. The walk to this overlook is a little longer than the others, and it has a slight incline at the beginning.

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  • Horse Collar Ruin

    If you're looking for a short hike that isn't as strenuous, this is the one. The trailhead is a few stops after the Sipapu Bridge. It starts with a steep hill, but then levels off pretty well. You walk along the canyon over the rocky terrain (there are guardrails to help mark the way.) At the end, you can view a set of ruins. It's about a 30-45...

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  • Sipapu Bridge

    This is the first bridge you will run into as you loop through the park. It's the biggest of the three in terms of height and span. The second overlook in the park is the best view of the bridge. Several stops later will be the trailhead to hike down to the base of the bridge. The trailheads are well marked and give you a good summary of elevation...

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  • Natural Bridges National Park

    These arches (bridges) are huge. You need to get out of your car and take several of the walking paths marked out and get under these arches to realize the enormous size of them. We visited on a windy day and the sound of the wind blowing through the rocks and brush was eerie.

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Natural Bridges National Monument Transportation

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    Car is the only way, unless you are in to fierce walks over many miles (which still can be quiet intresting). In the parks itself you anyway already have to walk.
    In the Natural Bridges Park one has to walk and can choose between several paths. A scenic drive brings you close to the largest natural bridges. News Paper Rock can be reached by car and lies in the spectacular and huge Canyonlands Park. It must be a challenge and adventure to go walking here. One can hike days and days without finding any trace of civilisation (see also Green River).

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Natural Bridges National Monument Warnings and Dangers

  • Open Range Grazing

    Cattle and sheep are allowed to graze and there are not fences. So watch the road closely when going at 70 MPH. Stopping for them may not be an option if going too fast, and then what are your choices?

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  • Moki Dugway-gravel roads!

    If you are coming to Natural Bridges from the South in Arizona, beware that UT-261 (AKA, the "Moki Dugway") had 3 miles of graded gravel switchbacks (recommended 5mph). While this doesn't sound like a big deal (3 miles, no big deal, right?), you may think otherwise when you are sharing a one lane gravel road with no guard rail.Once you finish, it...

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Natural Bridges National Monument Off The Beaten Path

  • Bluff Preserved Village

    Bluff was founded in 1880, by 200 Mormons settling here to farm crops. There are still descendants in the town today. The log/wood village homes are from that first era. Later they built more elaborate homes. Many Victorian homes are preserved in town that were built 1886-1905 Also a lot of prehistoric sites are in the area. They have preserved the...

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  • Mexican Hat

    A town of only about 50 people; all in retail trade and service to tourists is a drop off point for travelers and buses going to Monument VAlley 22 miles south, or Natural Bridges 45 miles north. It is wide open spaces and the sheer rock faces along the perimeter is great scenery. Near the bridge is a motel and restaurant and gift shop and...

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  • Blanding-Edge of Cedars Park

    Indian ruins are in the back of the museum building. Inside the building is the depiction of the evolution of the Indians and the geology of this area. It is an archeological repository. The museum itself seemed rather "stale" and not that great in my opinion. The fee of $5 was not paid by me since I noted the visits may be only 10 minutes, and I...

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Natural Bridges National Monument Favorites

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Natural Bridges N.P. Here is a stunning collection of natural formed bridges in a strange landscape that is sliced in pieces by little rivers. In the erosion proces, here these rivers had a tough job as the stone is for the largest part harder then in areas like the Grand Canyon or Monument Valley. Deep trenches are dug by the waters and in some places it couldn't get through the stone layers, went around and - when deep enough - went underneath. A bridge has been born.

    Fondest memory: The fragile bridge hanging over our heads had something scary as who can tell ... when the end of this natural shaped wonder will be.

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