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Description - This National Monument was the first designated site established in Utah by the National Park Service. It preserves and protects the terrain surrounding Owachomo, Sipapu and Kachina natural bridges. This site lies in the desert of southeastern Utah far from any supplies and services. It has limited facilities, but water is available on site.

Attractions - The biggest attraction at Natural Bridges National Monument is the natural beauty of the desert terrain in which it lies. There are few developed facilities at this park. A small visitor center lies along State Road 275. It contains a sales area with books, maps, posters and postcards and an exhibit area which explains the geology, natural and cultural history of the region. An audiovisual program is periodically shown throughout each day at the visitor center and rangers are available to answer questions. Water is available at this site as are restrooms.

A 13-site campground is maintained by the park service near the visitor center. It is open on a first come, first served basis. Individuals should arrive early to reserve a campsite.

Other facilities within the park include a nine-mile scenic drive and several overlooks. Short trails lead to each bridge and Horsecollar Ruin. A longer loop trail leads to a viewpoint of each bridge. Bikes are permitted on the scenic drive, but not on trails in the monument.

Recreation - Visitors to Natural Bridges can enjoy hiking, camping, viewing exhibits, photography and scenic driving. The scenic loop drive along the rim of White Canyon is open year-round. Overlooks of each bridge are accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. Informal interpretive programs may be given on the patio of the visitor center during peak season.

Climate - Southeastern Utah is the high desert. Summer highs reach 85 to 95 degrees F, with lows near 50 to 60 degrees. Thunderstorms often occur during summer afternoons. During autumn highs reach 60 to 75 degrees F, with lows dipping to 40 to 50 degrees. This time of year is mild and snow can be expected late in the season. Winter highs usually reach 40 to 50 degrees F during the day with lows near 0 to 30 degrees at night and snow likely. Spring is a pleasant time to visit the desert with highs ranging from 50 to 70 degrees F and lows dipping to 20 - 40 degrees. Snow is possible anytime until May. Most of the precipitation in this area falls in the spring. Winter snows also can contribute significantly to precipitation amounts.

Location - This preserve lies in the southeastern corner of Utah east of Lake Powell. The site is accessible from Blanding via State Highway 95. Bring all supplies necessary for your adventure as there are none available in the immediate area.


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Filed By: Josh N. (Clearfield, UT)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I visited this monument just before sunset in April 2003 and I encountered 0 people and 0 cars on the roads in the monument. This monument has three amazing bridges that can be hiked to by fairly short walks. This monument is small but is well worth the time spent there.


More Information

Contact Information:
Natural Bridges National Monument, P.O. Box 1 , Lake Powell, UT, 84533-0101, Phone: 435-692-1234

Additional Information:
Canyonland - This travel region encompasses the southeastern corner of Utah. In consists of a series of canyons, plateaus and cliffs, most of which are on public land.
Utah National Forests and Parks - This large western state contains several National Forest and National Park properties. These diverse sites lie in all regions of the state and consist of natural and cultural attractions accessible throughout the year.
Utah's Historic Sites -

Links:
Natural Bridges National Monument - Official agency website

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