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Arches and Bridges: Our List

Arches and Bridges: Our List

Posted in: Nature, Travel on April 16, 2018.

Southern Utah has a lot of amazing scenery, but one of the coolest features is it’s concentration of natural bridges and arches. If you want to see the best arches and bridges in the state, start by visiting the places on the following list. They’re not listed in any particular order.

  • Natural Bridges National Monument –
  • there are three natural bridges in the monument named Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu. Sipapu is the longest of the three, but we find Owachomo to be the most dramatic. Luckily, you can view all three, since they are all within easy distance from each other. Drive, or walk, around the park and stop at each overlook.

  • Kolob Arch –
  • Kolob Arch is considered to be the sixth largest arch in the world. It is located in Kolob Canyon, part of Zion National Park. The arch can be seen from the scenic drive, but if you prefer to hike to the underside of the arch, a seven-mile trail will give you much better views.

  • Landscape Arch –
  • according to current measuring techniques, Landscape Arch is the longest arch in the United States, and the fifth longest in the world. It is located in Arches National Park. If you like arches like we like arches, you will want to check this one out sooner rather than later – as Landscape Arch has almost eroded to the point of breaking. Due to falling rocks, the trail beneath the arch has been closed since 1995, but you can still get a really good view from the overlook.

  • Rainbow Bridge –
  • this is probably the most striking bridge on this list. Rainbow Bridge is considered sacred to many Native American tribes, and it is easy to see why. Standing tall above the desert, it is considered to be the tallest bridge in the country. Located near Lake Powell, the bridge is best accessed by taking a boat to the National Park wharf and hiking the last mile.

  • Double Arch –
  • the last entry on our list is also in Arches National Park. If Double Arch seems a little familiar to you, that’s because it was featured in the third Indiana Jones film. Double Arch consists of two connected arches that share the same foundation for both outer legs. It is easily accessed via a half-mile hike.

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