Coronavirus Updates: Stay current on the latest news and park access.

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument features three huge, stream-carved natural bridges as well as a concentration of Ancestral Puebloans ruins. The multi-colored bridges can be seen from overlooks along an nine-mile paved loop road through the monument. The bridges have Hopi Indian names: delicate Owachomo means "rock mounds," Sipapu (the second largest natural bridge in the world) means "the place of emergence" and massive Kachina means "dancer." Read more...



Four Corners Inn

The Natural Wonder Gateway

Why visit only one natural wonder when you can explore seven?

Hub and Spoke

Kanab is the perfect basecamp for Lake Powell, a bunch of national and state parks.


Lake Powell is so big, it's easy to find a private, glassy cove

The Natural Wonder Gateway

Why visit only one natural wonder when you can explore seven?

Hiking Trails

If you ever decide to get out of the water

Real Maps

Still the best way to explore the desert

The Natural Wonder Gateway

Why visit only one natural wonder when you can explore seven?

Sleep Tight

Where to stay

Otherworldly Desert Oasis

Lake Powell

Wild Expeditions

Lake Powell: Houseboat Homeschool

with Southwest Adventure Tours


Things to Do

  • Lake Powell

General Information

Request Information

  • Travel Bureau Information

    San Juan County - Utah's Canyon Country

    117 S Main St.
    Monticello, UT 84535

  • Request Info & Brochure

Use Ctrl + scroll to zoom the map


38F 17F Average Temperature
1.5" Avg. Precipitation (inches)
17.1" Avg. Snowfall (inches)

Dark Sky Park

Natural Bridges has one of the darkest skies in the US, with almost no light pollution. It is one of the great places to observe the night sky. That prompted the International Dark-Sky Association to designate Natural Bridges National Monument as the world's first International Dark Sky Park. (More information here.)

Ancient Ruins

The Anasazi Indians occupied this part of Utah anywhere from 2,000 to 650 years ago. Cliff dwellings and pictographs can be found in the monument.

Trails lead down to each bridge and to key archaeological sites, or they may be viewed by walking short distances to overlooks. The drive connects pull-outs and overlooks with views of each bridge. Moderate hiking trails, some with metal stairs or wooden ladders, provide closer access to each bridge.

Visitor Information

The visitor center is open year-round. It has a slide program, publications, postcards, film and exhibits. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and learn how to visit the monument with minimum impact to the fragile desert environment and the archeological sites. Electricity at the Visitors Center is provided by solar energy. The photovoltaic power system dedicated in 1980 was the world's largest solar system at the time. Water and flush toilets are available at the visitor center.

During the summer, temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.7 degrees Celsius. Morning or evening hikes are recommended.

Natural Bridges National Monument is 42 miles west of Blanding. Accommodations are available in Blanding, 42 miles/68 km west of the monument. The park has a developed campground.

Back To Top