UTAH'S FIRST NATIONAL MONUMENT
Three majestic natural bridges invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu" in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home.
Bridge View Drive is sensibly organized as a one-way loop. The paved 9-mile drive leads to overlooks and trailheads above the three bridges that are the park’s chief attractions. All three bridges can be viewed from above, but if you're looking to get up close and personal, you can find more details below under "Hiking".
The easiest hike is to the last bridge, Owachomo. Whatever you do, leave a little time at the end of the drive and walk the half-mile trail to stand under its massive span. Its an easy hike for the entire family.
To really see the other two bridges (Sipapu and Katchina), it is necessary to hike across the sandstone mesa and down the canyon. Each bridge can be reached by a moderately rated trails. This shorter loop is 5.7 miles (9.2 kilometers) and passes by Sipapu and Kachina Bridges, If you have a full day, this loop is must! This loop is a more primitive experience and has a moderate rating by AllTrials.. Pets are not allowed on this trail (service animals are). Stop at the visitor center for updated conditions and detailed directions, and pack plenty of water.
MONUMENT HOURS & PRICING:
Entrance Fee: $10 Car $5 Bike
The park open year-round as well as the sites at the campground. ($10 per night)
Visitor Center: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The visitor center is open year-round. Hours may change depending on the season, staffing, and holidays. In winter, the visitor center is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
More Info on Natural Bridges
GETTING THERE FROM BLANDING:
To reach Natural Bridges National Monument Visitors Center, travelers will drive 3 miles south of Blanding and head west on Highway 95. Follow Highway 95 for 30.2 miles, turn right onto UT-275 follow the signage to the paved parking area and Visitors Center.
Plan Ahead, Gas Up, Take Water & Tread Lightly.
Cell service & Other Services Are Limited In This Region.