Arches and Natural Bridges are fascinating works of nature that I always enjoy experiencing. While related, they are slightly different from one another. Natural bridges are natural stone bridges created by the erosion of water. Arches are natural stone bridges not primarily created by water. The difference is subtle and likely only matters to geologists with the names of individual arches or bridges sometimes being mislabeled. Whatever they are called, they are great to visit.
The United States is blessed with an incredible abundance of these wonders. From Virginia to the West Coast, they can be found, but in or around Utah is the greatest abundance. It is no surprise then that there is a National Park in Utah named Arches that has hundreds of arches and a National Monument named Natural Bridges not far south from there. Arches feature so prominently in Utah that Delicate Arch is featured on their license plate.
I’ve seen a lot of these and below you can find a list of the ones I have visited. Click the picture of each and you’ll be taken to an article describing the arch or natural bridge along with pictures, directions and advice on seeing it yourself. I’ll be adding to the list as I am able and as I get the opportunity to see more of these natural gems.
Merwin Arch, Kanab Utah