Many documents guide the management of Natural Bridges. Those available on this site are intended to demonstrate how park operations are structured toward achieving the National Park Service mission. All files require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
Natural Bridges National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation no. 804 (35 Stat. 2183) signed by President Theodore Roosevelt on April 16, 1908.
Park boundaries were amended through later presidential decrees, including Proclamation no. 881 (September 25, 1909), Proclamation no. 1323 (February 11,1916), and Proclamation no. 3486 (August 14, 1962).
The park's General Management Plan was written in 1997. This plan guides the management of resources, visitor use, and general development in the park. The primary purpose of the plan is to provide a foundation from which to protect park resources while providing for meaningful visitor experiences.
In 2013, the park developed a Foundation Statement to update a shared understanding of the park's purpose, significance, resources and values. This document can serve as a foundation for future planning and management decisions.
Did You Know?
Naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes” collect rain water and wind-blown sediment, forming tiny ecosystems where a fascinating collection of plants and animals live. Tadpole shrimp, fairy shrimp and many insects can be found in potholes.