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Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges
Designation National Monument
Location South East Utah, United States
Nearest City Blanding, Utah
Latitude 37° 35' N
Longitude 110° 00' W
Area 7,637 acres
Date of Establishment 1908
Visitation 97,999 (2002)
Governing Body National Park Service
IUCN category III (Natural Monument)

Natural Bridges National Monument is located in the southeast of Utah, in the western United States. It features the second and third largest natural bridges in the world.

The elevation ranges from 5,500 feet to 6,500 feet. At higher elevations pinyon-juniper forests grow, giving way to shrubs and grasses at lower elevations. In the canyons, where there is more water, there are willow and cottonwood trees.

Natural bridges are formed through erosion by moving water. The remaining rock spans the canyon like a bridge, hence the name. The three bridges in the park are named Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu, which are all Hopi names.

Table of contents
1 Attractions
2 Biology
3 History
4 External Links


The main attractions are Bridge View Drive which winds along the park and goes by all three bridges, and hiking down to the base of the bridges. There is also a campground and picnic areas within the park. Electricity in the park comes entirely from a large solar array near the visitors center

[[Image:sipapu_bridge.275.jpg| Sipapu Bridge]]
[[Media:Image:sipapu_bridge.752.jpg|Sipapu Bridge (Larger version)]]
Owachomo106 feet180 feet27 feet9 feet
Sipapu220 feet268 feet31 feet53 feet
Kachina210 feet204 feet44 feet93 feet



In 1904 the National Geographic Magazine publicized the bridges and the area was designated a National Monument April 16, 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. It is Utah's first National Monument.

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