Natural Bridges National Monument

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Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument
4.5
National Parks • Geologic Formations
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The natural bridges in this remote area are best visited on a nine-mile, one-way loop road.
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More than 3 hours
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Techlady
Santa Monica, CA30 contributions
Great views and hiking, and a terrific campground
Aug 2021
Natural Bridges has all the great hikes and views that all the reviewers have mentioned. What they didn't talk about is the great campground. This campground features large campsites with tent pads (sand-filled areas that make a soft place to sleep), picnic tables and fire rings. The cost is $15 per night This visitor center has a water dispenser for those who need it. Given that the nearest formal campground is about 30 miles away, Natural Bridges Campground is a refuge that has access to all the great hiking and ruins on Cedar Mesa, Elk Ridge, Comb Ridge and even the Abajo Mountains.
Coupled with the pleasant and helpful staff at the visitor center, I find this one of the finest places to stay in the Southwest.
Written 19 August 2021
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ292 contributions
Great park
Apr 2021
I had come to Natural Bridges from Hovenweep on Hwy 262 which was full of potholes. Not fun. However, once I got off that road the drive through Bears Ears to Natural Bridges was much better and very scenic. There was one point where they cut through the mountain to build the road. It opens up into a vast canyon and then you go up the other side. Amazing.

By the time I got to Natural Bridges the bookstore wasn’t open and wouldn’t reopen until 2PM. I got there around noon. This was a great park. Lovely drive. It was a cold and cloudy day and not too many people were in the park. I went to all the overlooks but didn’t do any of the long hikes to the bridges themselves because I was too tired and sore from a week of hiking.

Went to the Sipapu Bridge Viewpoint then to the Horse Collar Ruin Overlook. That had a .6 mile trail to get to the overlook. It’s sad that people were passing this trail by because it had some really pretty canyon views before getting to the Indian ruins. It was VERY windy though. Coming around the corner the wind blasted and pushed me backwards.

Next was the Kachina Bridge Viewpoint. The last one was the Owachomo Bridge Viewpoint and I did that trail even though it was steep down into the canyon. It was only .5 miles. The bridge did look a lot better from underneath so it was definitely worth the hike. And once I got back up to the top it was snowing!!! Not a lot but enough to be exciting for someone who rarely sees snow.

There was also a pullout to get a look at Bears Ears. Then went back to the visitor center which now was open since it was about 2:30PM and bought some neat items in the bookstore.
Written 29 July 2021
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Sally T
Albuquerque, NM4,838 contributions
Scenic high desert landscape with three majestic bridges!!!
Jun 2021
We visited Natural Bridges National Monument since it was only a short drive from Bears Ears. Natural Bridges National Monument (6,200-ft), situated high atop Cedar Mesa, illustrates the power of water in shaping a high desert landscape. Intermittent streams have cut two deep canyons and three massive bridges in sandstone formed from what was once the shore of an ancient sea that covered the area. Trails, starting on the mesa, descend into the canyons to the bridges, named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu" in honor of the Native Americans that once lived in the area. A longer trail meanders along the bottom of scenic White and Armstrong Canyons and across the mesa, connecting the three bridges in a great 9 mile loop hike. We love this looped scenic drive and not having to step over people when we are at the overlooks and while hiking the trails leading to Sipapu and Owachomo.
Written 6 July 2021
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Kaye N
Provo, UT1,581 contributions
See Natural Wonders Fairly Easily
May 2021
Growing up in Utah I thought I'd seen everything but I had never been to this area before. It was wonderful! The three bridges are easy to see from viewpoints you can stop at. I'd love to do the hike through all three someday in the fall or spring.

If you're traveling through the area to someplace else, take the time to stop and see these natural wonders.
Written 5 July 2021
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Rick H
Goodyear, AZ378 contributions
Underrated National Monument!
Jul 2021 • Couples
What an underrated National Monument!

We visited the monument yesterday and were really happy with how beautiful and well maintained the monument is. Staff at the Visitors Center were very friendly and informative.

It’s s 9 mile one-way loop around the monument. Of course we stopped at all of the lookouts and view points. Our favorite was the 3rd bridge, named Owachomo Bridge. It was a relatively short walk to the base of the bridge. It was really neat. You can go right under the bridge!

Thank you National Park Service.
Written 4 July 2021
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BIG_DELPortStLucieFL
Port St Lucie FL35 contributions
Great views, not crowded, well kept park
May 2021
Beautiful place to explore 3 Natural Bridges and the creek bed that created them. Plenty of spots to stop and take pictures, or hike.
Written 31 May 2021
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Robert B
Plattsmouth, NE412 contributions
WOW
May 2021
Well worth the drive over from anywhere! Awesome views and hikes give you the ability to get up and close to some of the largest land bridges in the world. We hiked to all 3 of the bridges and was wowed by the size and expanse of them. Pack a lunch and plenty of fluids and enjoy the time there. Use your National Park pass and enjoy this off the beaten path location!
Written 27 May 2021
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James C
Williamsburg, VA1,103 contributions
A beautiful between Moab, UT and Mexican Hat, UT
May 2021 • Solo
I really like this short diversion on my way to Mexican Hat, UT into Monument Valley. Take the time because when you get to the overlook prepare for some great views of early natural bridge formations. There are various hiking trails into the shallow canyon and plenty of camping areas available, if needed. It was worth the 35 minute diversion before heading out backtracking to the main highway then down Moki Dugway scenic areas hard gravel road. Not advised for traverse by big rigs or vehicles in tow.
Written 12 May 2021
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RC30319
Atlanta, GA1,243 contributions
Really nice park with great views
Apr 2021
This National Monument is a bit out of the way, resulting in smaller crowds which is good. it's worth the trip to get here. Pair it with Goosenecks State Park for a really nice day. There are hikes available down into the canyon, but there is also a nice rim road with views of all the bridges if you're short on time or don't want to hike.
Written 9 May 2021
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hrtraveler
Colorado836 contributions
Stunning views, great hikes.
May 2021
Ok, it's a national monument not a park, but the hikes are great and the views from the loop drive are spectacular.
Written 5 May 2021
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