Natural Bridges National Monument
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.
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.