Utah's First National Monument

Utah's First National Monument (HM167N)

Location: Lake Powell, UT 84533 San Juan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 36.522', W 109° 58.608'

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National Bridges National Monument

In 1883, Cass Hite wandered up White Canyon from his mining claim on the Colorado River and "discovered" three stone bridges. He brought them to the attention of area residents and the scientific community. Nowhere else had three such monolithic structures been located in such close proximity. They were described as having "spans far greater than any heretofore known to exist." On April 16, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the proclamation creating Natural Bridges National Monument-Utah's first National Park Service area.

At the time of the monument's establishment, little had been known of the location and character of prehistoric ruins near the bridges. Extraordinary cliff dwelling and mesa-top ruins deserved study and protection within the new monument. In response, the park boundary was expanded.

Today, the three bridges - Sipapu, Kachina and Owachomo - their names taken from the Hopi Indian culture, are among the largest natural stone bridges in the world.

As you travel Bridge View Drive, overlooks and trails provide opportunities to view and explore the geologic and archeologic features that make Natural Bridges National Monument an important part of this nation's National Park System.
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HM NumberHM167N
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 3:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 590310 N 4162893
Decimal Degrees37.60870000, -109.97680000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 36.522', W 109° 58.608'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 36' 31.32" N, 109° 58' 36.48" W
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Area Code(s)435
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-398 Natural Bridge, Lake Powell UT 84533, US
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