The Superintendent's Compendium of designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority
In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (“36 CFR”), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Natural Bridges National Monument. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.
I. 36 CFR §1.5 – VISITING HOURS, PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES, AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USE OR ACTIVITIES
AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USE OR ACTIVITIES (a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park, and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:
The visitor center is open year-round during the core hours of 9am – 5pm. The visitor center will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays from mid-October through mid-April. These hours may be extended or reduced depending on staffing levels. The visitor center is closed on the federal holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days.
Overnight camping/parking is only allowed in the campground which is open year-round.
This restriction has been implemented in order to protect park resources from unregulated overnight camping. Overnight parking with a vehicle is defined as camping which is accompanied by human waste, dark night sky, pets, and other potential impacts. In addition, there is no backcountry camping allowed in the monument hence no need for overnight parking.
All bridges are closed to walking on their surface and all types of climbing.
This restriction serves to protect hikers whose risk of injury is greater due to the narrow width of the bridges. This restriction also serves to preserve the aesthetic enjoyment of the bridges for all while respecting Native Americans’ perspectives of the bridges’ significance.
Hang Gliders, Unmanned Aircraft, All Terrain Vehicles, and Off Road Vehicles:
All motor vehicles operated within the boundaries of Natural Bridges National Monument must have a valid state registration, display a valid state license plate(s), and meet any other requirements for motor vehicles operated on highways within the State of Utah. 36 CFR 4.2.
Any off highway vehicle (OHV), all-terrain vehicles (ATV), or other motorized conveyance manufactured for recreational non-highway, off road, or all terrain travel (all-terrain type I or type II vehicles, as defined by Utah State Code Annotated 41-22-2) is prohibited. 36 CFR 1.5
No use of vehicles is allowed off of designated roads. 36 CFR 4.10(a), (b).
Launching or landing an unmanned aircraft (drone) is prohibited within the boundaries of Natural Bridges National Monument except as approved in writing by the superintendent. 36 CFR 1.5
These restrictions are intended to protect fragile soil crusts, native vegetation, and sensitive wildlife from disturbance; to preserve the natural soundscape from human-caused sounds; to allow visitors opportunities to experience quiet and solitude amid a natural setting; to preserve natural viewsheds and expansive vistas without human intrusion; and to maintain visitor safety.
Natural Bridges National Monument is closed to the launching or landing of all forms of non-powered flight including hang gliders, paragliders, and parachutes.
Building, Antenna, Span, Earth (BASE) jumping, defined as launching or landing of non-powered flight, is prohibited. 36 CFR 2.17(3); NPS Management Policies 2001, 184.108.40.206.
These restrictions are intended to protect visitors from the inherent dangers associated with hang gliding, paragliding, parachutes and BASE jumping. These restrictions also serve to protect other park visitors as well as park resources.
Technical Rock Climbing:
All bridges are closed to walking on their surface and all types of climbing.
Climbing and canyoneering within Natural Bridges National Monument shall be either free climbing or clean aid climbing, except as described below.
No permanent climbing hardware may be installed in any fixed location.
Climbing anchors and/or protection points may not be placed with the use of a hammer or other device except for emergency self-rescue.
The intentional removal of lichen or plants from rock is prohibited.
The physical altering of rock faces such as chiseling, glue reinforcement of existing holds, and gluing of new holds is prohibited.
The use of motorized power drills is prohibited.
Fixed ropes may not be left in place for more than 24 hours. Fixed ropes left in place longer than 24 hours shall be considered “abandoned property” and removed.
Slack-lining is prohibited.
These restrictions serve to protect the natural appearance of the rock which is compromised by the installation of permanent climbing hardware. They also serve to protect the aesthetic appearance of natural resources within the Monument. .
Passenger Carrying Buses:
Operators of commercial motor vehicles carrying passengers are prohibited from idling their engines in parking lots of developed areas within the boundaries of Natural Bridges National Monument.
This restriction serves to protect visitors and park resources from unnecessary exhaust fumes in the air and to prevent the diminished enjoyment of the peace and tranquility of the Monument.
II. 36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT
The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the superintendent is required:
§2.5(a) Specimen collection (The taking of plant, fish, wildlife, rocks or minerals)
This restriction is intended to protect natural resources that should be available for the enjoyment of future generations.
§2.50(a) Conducting a special event, sports event, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events
§2.51(a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views
NOTE: Gathering for the purpose of expressing views and making statements such as is protected under the First Amendment does not require a permit as long as the activity takes place in the designated “First Amendment” area indicated in this document and the involved group is less than 25 people. Groups larger than 25 people need a special use permit. Printed matter, used as part of a “First Amendment” activity may be allowed in the “First Amendment” area (See Appendix A) without a permit for groups less than 25 people.
The designated area for first amendment activities is located in the oversized/overflow parking lot on the south side of the parking lot. See Appendix A.
§2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printed material that is not solely commercial advertising
These restrictions serve to maintain a natural, peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere for visitors.
§2.60(b) Livestock use.
This restriction is intended to protect fragile natural resources found within the boundaries of the Monument.
§5.1 Advertisements - (Display, posting or distribution.)
§5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business (Requires a permit, contract or other written agreement with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations).
§5.5 Commercial Photography/Filming:
(a) Commercial filming of motion pictures or television involving the use of professional casts, settings or crews, other than bona fide newsreel or news television
(b) Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.
These restrictions are intended to ensure a natural, tranquil and uninhibited experience for visitors to the Monument.
36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL, AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(a)(4) It is unlawful to gather or cut firewood anywhere within the Monument.
This restriction serves to protect the desert ecosystem within the Monument. Dead and downed wood is part of the natural and scenic landscape and an essential survival component for many species.
(a)(5 & 6) No archeological sites in Natural Bridges National Monument may be entered, walked on or otherwise disturbed. Stepping over a chain, rope, or other barrier delineating a site is considered entering that site.
This restriction is intended to protect the irreplaceable cultural resources within the Monument that give valued insight into other past cultures.
(c)(1), (c)(2) Reasonable small quantities of fruits, berries and nuts may be gathered for immediate personal consumption. The use of bush rakes or other harvesting devices is prohibited.
This provision serves to protect natural ecological processes within the Monument as harvesting fruits, berries and nuts depletes food supplies for wildlife habitat.
(a) Camping in the monument has the following restrictions:
Camping is only permitted in the designated campground.
The campground will be operated on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites may not be held for parties arriving later.
Occupancy of each campsite is limited to 8 persons, 2 tents, and 2 vehicles (a trailer counts as one vehicle).
Campsites may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours.
All motor vehicles must be parked on designated vehicle pads and must not extend into the roadway. Vehicle barriers may not be moved to enlarge the available parking space and natural resources must not sustain damage from a parked vehicle.
Campground ‘Generator Hours’ are from 8 am-10 am and from 4 pm-8 pm.
Campground ‘Quiet Hours’ are from 10 pm until 8 am. Noise levels are to remain at a low level. A camper’s voice should not be audible from a distance of 100 feet from the campsite.
Visitors are prohibited from soliciting other campers to share their campsites.
Checkout time is 10 am daily. Persons still occupying sites, including vehicles and/or equipment, after checkout time, will be required to pay the campground fee for an additional day.
Camping fees are to be paid and deposited within thirty (30) minutes of occupying a campsite. Camping permit stubs must be displayed on the campsite marker immediately after payment is deposited. Sites not paid for within thirty minutes will be considered unoccupied and available for use.
Grey water may only be disposed of in pit toilets. It is prohibited to dispose of grey water on the ground.
(b)(9) The length of stay is limited to seven (7) consecutive days from March through October, and fourteen (14) consecutive days the remainder of the year.
(b)(10) All food must be kept out of the reach of wildlife at all times. Food and other camping supplies must be kept in a vehicle or otherwise contained when the campsite is not occupied.
These restrictions serve to protect natural resources in the Monument by limiting group size and prescribing a camping location. The restrictions also protect the recreational experience of all visitors by limiting the time and manner of use by any one group occupying a site. They also serve to ensure the proper disposal of human waste to protect water quality, natural habitat and visitor safety.
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is permitted only under the following conditions:
Fires are restricted to the campground in standing metal fire grills provided.
Gathering wood and making ground fires are prohibited.
Burning trash and other waste is prohibited.
During periods of extreme fire danger, as established by fire weather data, all fires within the Monument will be prohibited with the exception of gas burning stoves.
These requirements are intended to ensure that the visual and environmental impacts of campfires and cooking fires are limited in high use areas. Fire rings attract trash and food residue from campers attempting to burn trash before leaving an area. High temperatures from ground fires negatively impact soils and impair plant growth. These restrictions also serve to minimize the risks of forest fires during extreme weather conditions.
(a)(1) Dogs (except service dogs), cats and other pets must be on leash (max. 6 feet) at all times and are prohibited on any Monument land, trails or public buildings, except for those locations identified below:
FRONTCOUNTRY – Pets on a leash ( max. 6’) are allowed on all park roads open for public vehicular use, parking areas, established picnic areas, campground, paved trails to overlooks and the trail from the campground to the Visitor Center.
BACKCOUNTRY – Pets are prohibited in all backcountry areas. Backcountry areas are all areas below the canyon rims and the Mesa Top Trail system. Pets are prohibited on all non-paved trails.
(a)(3) Pets may be left unattended if they are secured in a location where they will not interfere with wildlife or normal travel by visitors and they cannot cause resource damage. Pets may not be left unattended overnight, or when weather or other conditions could endanger the pet’s health.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be immediately collected by the pet handler and disposed of in the nearest trash receptacle. Bagged pet excrement may not be placed in the pit toilets. If there is not a trash receptacle in the area, the excrement shall be transported to the nearest receptacle or transported out of the park.
(e) Monument residents may keep pets in compliance with the pet policy in the current Natural Bridges Housing Management Plan.
These restrictions serve to protect park natural/cultural resources, wildlife, and visitors from the negative impacts of domestic animals.
(a) Horses, burros, mules, lamas, and other animals used as pack animals are not permitted within the boundaries of Natural Bridges National Monument with the following exceptions and with the authorization of the superintendent:
Removal of trespassing livestock
Search and rescue
Other emergency operations
These restrictions serve to protect soil crust and other natural resources. Hiking trails and routes are not compatible with stock.
36 CFR §2.20 – SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES
The use of roller skates, rollerblades, roller skis, skateboards, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are allowed on paved roads only. Use of these devices must comply with the same traffic regulations that apply to bicycles.
This restriction serves to provide for visitor safety and to protect biological soil crusts and other natural resources.
Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) are prohibited in all government buildings and around the fuel and flammable materials storage area.
Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) are not permitted in government vehicles.
During periods of extreme fire danger, as established by fire weather data, all smoking within the Monument will be prohibited.
These restrictions are intended to protect public/employee health and government property from the effects of smoking and minimize the risk of fire/explosions in fuel storage areas. They also serve to minimize the risks of wildland fires during extreme weather conditions.
(a)(2) Geocaching is prohibited. Geocaching is defined as placing a concealed cache within Monument boundaries and then disseminating the coordinates/location, or clues to the coordinates/location, for the purpose of enticing third parties to search for the cache at a later date.
This restriction serves to protect cultural resources and soil crust and other natural resources in both front and backcountry areas within the Monument.
(b) Recreation fees, and/or a permit, in accordance with 36 CFR part 71, are established for the following entrance fee areas, and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events, or specialized recreation uses:
Entrance Fee Area:
Vehicle Pass - 7 days $ 15.00
Individual Pass ( Bicycle, Walking) - 7 days $ 7.00 / person
Motorcycle Pass - 7 days $ 10.00
National Parks Passport $ 80.00
SE Utah Group Pass $ 50.00
Senior Passport (Lifetime) $ 80.00
Senior Passport (Annual) $ 20.00
Access Passport Free
Campground Fee Area:
One Campsite (March 1 - October 31) $ 15.00 / Night
One Campsite w/Senior or Access Pass (March 1 - October 31) $ 7.00 / Night
One Campsite (November 1 - end of February) $ 10.00 / Night
One Campsite w/Senior or Access Pass (November 1 - end of February) $ 5.00 / Night
36 CFR §2.35 –ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(a)(3)(i) The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all public use buildings when the building is open to the general public with the exception of officially sanctioned activities.
This restriction serves to protect visitors in public buildings from the effects of alcoholic beverage consumption.
(a)(2)(i) The carrying and transport of firearms must comply with state law. Traps, nets and weapons may be possessed within a temporary lodging or mechanical mode of conveyance when such implements are rendered temporarily inoperable or are packed, cased or stored in a manner that will prevent their ready use.
This restriction serves to eliminate tools used in hunting practices from the Monument.