• Owachomo Bridge

    Natural Bridges

    National Monument Utah

Management

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.

Designation

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).

Guidance Documents

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?

Horsecollar Ruin

Horsecollar Ruin is a major attraction at Natural Bridges, and one of the best-preserved ancestral Puebloan sites in the area. Named because the doorways to two structures resemble horse collars, the site was abandoned more than 700 years ago. More...