Things To Do
The scenic drive is open year-round. This paved, nine-mile loop provides access to all the bridges. Each may be viewed by walking a short distance to an overlook. An archeological site may also be viewed from an overlook along the scenic drive.
The 13-site campground is open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee is $10 per night. Sites will accommodate up to eight people and one vehicle. There is a 26-foot length limit. Each site has a fire grill, picnic table and tent pad. Gathering firewood is prohibited. Overflow camping is available outside Natural Bridges.
While many park features are visible from overlooks along the scenic drive, the true beauty of Natural Bridges lies just a short walk away from the pavement. Moderate hiking trails lead from overlooks to the base of each natural bridge. All are less than 1.5 miles round-trip, with the trail to Owachomo being the shortest and easiest (.5 mile round-trip). All of the trails have uneven stone steps. The trails to Kachina and Sipapu require climbing steep sections of rock with handrails and ladders. more...
The Natural Bridges interpretive staff offers a variety of ranger-led activities spring through fall. Evening programs are presented in the campground amphitheater May through October (topics vary). Guided walks, overlook talks (along the loop drive) and patio talks (at the visitor center) are given throughout the week spring through fall. Times and topics vary. Please contact the park or check bulletin boards for current schedules.
Astronomy programs are presented in the front commons area at the Visitor Center on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights Through September. Monday and Tuesday in October. All programs start at dusk. Contact the park for more information.
Did You Know?
Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal.