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Natural Bridges National Monument

© Gary LaddNatural Bridges National Monument is made up of three natural bridges carved from 225 million year old Cedar Mesa Sandstone. These bridges are some of the finest examples of ancient stone architecture in the southwest. Bridges is located in southeast Utah on a pinyon-juniper covered mesa bisected by deep canyons of Permian age Cedar Mesa Sandstone. The natural bridges were carved by meandering streams that cut through the canyon walls. Bridges sits at 6,500 feet above sea level. Not only are the natural brides gorgeous but the surrounding plant life is also amazing; from cryptobolic soil to Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pines. Natural Bridges was established in 1908, making it the oldest National Park Service site in Utah.

© Tom TillNatural Bridges is open year-round with the scenic drive is open every day from early morning until about 30 minutes past sunset. To get to Natural Bridges, you can fly into Cortez, CO, Grand Junction, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. The entrance to the park is at the end of Highway 275 which is about 35 miles west of Blanding on Highway 95. The weather at Natural Bridges gets very warm with summer temperatures exceeding 100 Degrees Fahrenheit with lows in the 60s. Fall and spring is milder with highs in the 70s and 80s. Winter can get very chilly with temperatures in the 40s and 50s and below freezing.

There is camping in the park with 13 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. All the sites have fire grates and picnic tables but there is no fire gathering in the park. The camp sites can only accommodate vehicles less than 26 feet in length. Campground typically fills by early afternoon from early March through late October. Campground is open during the winter but is not cleared of snow.