Natural Bridges National Monument Travel Guide

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Natural Bridges National Monument Overview

Natural Bridges National Monument was established in 1908 by then president Theodore Roosevelt, after he had seen photos of the bridges in National Geographic in 1904. Natural Bridges was the first park under the National Park Service established in the state of Utah. The area reveals human habitation beginning as early as 7000 BC as evidenced by ancient tools and rock art. Indians who farmed the mesa tops settled here around 700 AD. Another group moved in around 1100 AD and built single family dwellings and multi-family pueblos. Hopi, Zuni, Ute, Paiute, and Navajo peoples have occupied the area at various times. The park also protects three of the largest natural stone bridges in the world. The park was the first International Dark Sky Park designated by the International Dark Sky Association and provides visitors with a great opportunity to view the heavens without the distraction of the bright lights of civilization.