About 50 miles northwest of the Four Corners boundary of southeast Utah is Natural Bridges National Monument. Located at the junction of White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon, the monument is home to the thirteenth largest natural bridge in the world, along with two other natural bridges. The park’s three bridges (named Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu) were formed by erosion.
The elevation of the monument is up to 6,500 feet and the vegetation found is typical of that of the high-elevation Utah desert; pinyon juniper trees, grass, and shrubs. In the monument’s canyon areas, you will find seasonal streams and riparian desert plants. Along with beautiful scenery that can be viewed during the daylight, Natural Bridges National Monument has focused on the protection of its dark sky so that visitors can view the light formed by the Milky Way over the Owachomo Bridge. In 2007, the monument earned the distinction of becoming the first International Dark Sky Park, certified by the International Dark-Sky Association.
A visit to Natural Bridges National Monument will provide the opportunity to view these natural wonders while enjoying the fresh air and beauty of southeastern Utah.