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Natural Bridges National Monument, Blanding
(4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
See impressive geological formations and explore archeological sites at . A paved, one-way loop road takes you through the park and lets you access the three natural bridges that are the result of thousands of years of natural erosion. Take one of the hiking trails to get an even closer look at the bridges. The hikes are not too long; in some places they feature stairs and ladders that make them more accessible. Trails also lead to well-preserved Anasazi ruins. Be sure to bring enough water--you won't find any along the trails. Using our international travel planner, Blanding attractions like Natural Bridges National Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Campground: Complete update and renovation of the campground. Excellent place to camp in this area though only a couple of sites for big campers (a good thing to us). The campground was completely ren...  more »
  • We decided to take the scenic route from Bluff, Ut to Natural Bridges using Hwy 261 just north of Mexican Hat, UT. My Garmin showed this route as paved - WRONG ! There was about a four mile section of...  more »
  • Just a few miles off 95 and full of great vistas, hikes and sights. Nice visitors center and helpful Rangers. 
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  • Very quiet and off-the-beaten path national monument with spectacular views. While there are some hikes you can (and probably should) take, you can see everything from your car on the short one-way loop around the park.
  • We only had a day here, but I'm sure it would be easy to spend more time. We hiked all of the bridges and each is different. Be sure to hike down to them to really appreciate how massive they are. In perfect weather, we only saw a few other people, so I'm guessing it's not a very popular place. All the better for those who do visit.
  • Great place to see. This was far less crowded then the other parks I have been to in Utah. And don't forget this is a dark sky park. If you have time you have to see the sky at night. It's amazing. Even more so when the moon is not out.
  • Great park, worth the time to get there if it's near your travels. The hikes were very casual and you get to walk among the rocks for some of them. The scenic point driving tour was also enjoyable. Very low traffic, which was great. The campsites looked very nice but there aren't many of them so plan ahead. Not as grand or dramatic as the parks in Moab, but the solitude makes up for that. I'm not sure this is a main destination, but I'm glad we visited it. Then again, contrasting it to the overcrowded and commercialized Grand Canyon experience, perhaps it should be a main destination candidate.
  • Loved this place. Shot some astrophotography here, the staff is very helpful. The hikes don't seem too hard, my wife and I are not very active hikers and we did all three bridges in a day, but it was quite trying. Bring lots of water and plan extra time to hang out and enjoy the sites from every angle.