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CNHA Natural Bridges National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument

Banner photo by Neal Herbert (National Park Service)

Natural Bridges preserves some of the finest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. On a tree-covered mesa next to deep sandstone canyons, three natural bridges formed when meandering streams slowly cut through the canyon walls. In honor of the Native Americans that made this area their home, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu."

On April 16, 1908, by presidential proclamation, the trio of stone spans was made a National Monument- the first to be designated in Utah.  Natural Bridges is celebrating 100 years in 2008 as a National Park Service Unit.

There are many overlooks and features along the scenic drive at Natural Bridges. Several of the more popular ones can be reached via moderately strenuous descents into the canyons.

This already amazing park has one of the darkest night skies in the country. In fact, the beauty of the night sky here led the International Dark-Sky Association to designate Natural Bridges as the world's first International Dark Sky Park.



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Natural Bridges National Monument Website
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