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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, Owachomo 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.



Email - nabrinfo@nps.gov

Fax- (435)692-1111

Write to
HC 60 Box 1
Lake Powell, UT 84533-0101

Visitor Information - (435)692-1234
Headquarters - (435)719-2100


Operating Hours, Seasons
Natural Bridges is open year-round. The scenic drive is open every day from early morning until about 30 minutes past sunset.

Getting There
PLANE - Commercial airlines serve Cortez, CO, Grand Junction, CO, Salt Lake City, UT as well as other cities in the southwest.

CAR - The entrance to Natural Bridges is at the end of Highway 275, which is roughly 35 miles west of Blanding on Highway 95. Driving time is roughly 45 minutes.

BUS - Commerical bus and van shuttles service nearby towns. There is no bus service to the monument itself.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - There is no public transportation to Natural Bridges.

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.

Getting Around
Visitors usually tour the scenic drive by car or bicycle.


Natural Bridges
Open All Year
13 sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.


There is no lodging at Natural Bridges. Lodging is available in nearby towns. See the 'LINKS' section for travel-related information.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone - (435)692-1234
Location - The turnoff to Natural Bridges is on Highway 95, 35 miles west of Blanding or 93 miles east of Hanksville. Highway 275 ends at the monument boundary.
Closures - Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st.
Special Programs - Orientation video is shown on request. Interpretive talks are given spring through fall.
Exhibits - Exhibits highlight natural and cultural history of the area. Small sales area has books, maps and other publications.
Available Facilities - Restrooms, drinking water.

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Contact Info
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Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Natural Bridges National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Natural Bridges National Monument:
Bullfrog Basin Campground, Kane County, 8 miles away
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Bullfrog, Lake Powell, 8 miles away
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Bullfrog Main, Lake Powell, 8 miles away
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Stanton Creek, Lake Powell, 10 miles away
Star Springs Campground, Garfield County, 10 miles away
Halls Crossing Marina, Lake Powell, 11 miles away
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Halls Crossing, Lake Powell, 11 miles away
 Marinas Near Natural Bridges National Monument:
Halls Crossing Marina, Lake Powell , 11 miles away
Bullfrog Resort & Marina, Lake Powell , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Natural Bridges National Monument:
Defiance House Lodge, Bullfrog , 13 miles away
Rodeway Inn Capitol Reef, Farmington , 42 miles away
 Whitewater Near Natural Bridges National Monument:
Colorado River, Grand County , 26 miles away, Class I-IV - 112 miles long (Moab to Powell Reservoir)
 Public Lands Near Natural Bridges National Monument:
Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey - UT , 58 miles away
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page - AZ , 67 miles away
Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Page - AZ , 67 miles away

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