Arches and Natural Bridges in the United States

Sipapu Natural Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Sipapu Natural Bridge, Utah

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.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

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.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA
Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Moab
Double Arch, Arches National Park
Double Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Corona Arch, Utah, Moab
Corona Arch, Moab, Utah
North Window, Arches National Park
North Window, Arches National Park, Utah
South Window, Arches National Park
South Window, Arches National Park, Utah
Sipapu Natural Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monumet, Utah
Sipapu Natural Bridge, Utah
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky District, Utah
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Owachomo Natural Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Owachomo Natural Bridge, Utah
Windows thru Turret Arch, Arches National Park
Turret Arch, Arches Park, Utah
Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon National Park
Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon
Pine Tree Arch, Arches National Park, Utah USA
Pine Tree Arch, Arches NP
Hickman Natural Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Hickman Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Nels Johnson Natural Bridges, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Nels Johnson Bridges, Capitol Reef National Park
Musselman Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Moab Utah
Musselman Arch, Canyonlands NP
Tunnel Arch, Arches National Park, Utah USA
Tunnel Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Bowtie Arch, Utah, Moab
Bowtie Arch, Moab, Utah
Jug Handle Arch, Moab Utah
Jug Handle Arch, Moab Utah
Kachina Natural Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Kachina Natural Bridge, Utah
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Arch Rock, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Elephant Rock, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Sand Dune Arch snow, Arches National Park, Utah, USA
Sand Dune Arch, Arches NP
Wilson Arch, Utah
Wilson Arch, Utah
Skull Arch, Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park, Utah
Skull Arch, Fiery Furnace, Arches NP, Utah
Walk Through Arch, Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park, Utah
Walk Through Arch, Moab, Utah
Surprise Arch, Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park, Utah
Surprise Arch, Moab, Utah

Merwin Arch, Merwin Slot Canyon, Kanab Utah

Merwin Arch, Kanab Utah