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TOP ARCHES & NATURAL BRIDGES IN THE U.S.A.


Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada Tower Arch, Arches National Park, Utah Druid Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Welcome to Bigroads.com's guide to the best arches & natural bridges in the United States!

Two underappreciated geologic features of the United States are its natural arches & natural bridges. Many travelers have heard of Utah's Arches National Park, but did you know that the United States has several thousand other arches and natural bridges, including thousands across the entire Southwest, hundreds throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and also dozens in many states along both of our coasts?

We have put together a highly-opinionated list of what we believe to be the top arches & natural bridges in the United States. It is not an easy task to pick the best arches & natural bridges out of a pool of thousands, so this web-page will forever be a work-in-progress as we travel & visit more arches & natural bridges across the country.

This list is sorted alphabetically by state (and not by rating or quality). Take note that many of these arches contain the words "natural bridge" in their name; however, they are technically arches, and not natural bridges. To be a true natural bridge, the geologic feature must have been primarily formed by the force of water.

If you find yourself enjoying the hobby or sport of "arch-hunting", we highly recommend that you explore these three outstanding websites: Utah Arches, Arches UK and especially, The Natural Arch & Bridge Society. As a final note, we would not recommend walking across the tops of any of these arches - a few significant arches seem to fall every decade, and occasionally someone is hurt or even killed by one.

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STATE ARCH/BRIDGE NAME PARK TYPE ARCH
SPAN
Alaska THREE HOLE POINT Kenai Fjords National Park sea arch unknown
Arizona BIG EYE Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch est. 40 feet
Arizona BLACKHORSE ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 87 feet
Arizona CLARA BERNHEIMER NATURAL BRIDGE Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 140 feet
Arizona DEVIL'S BRIDGE Coconino National Forest (Sedona area) bridge 45 feet
Arizona EAR OF THE WIND Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 35 feet
Arizona EGGSHELL ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 114 feet
Arizona HOLE IN THE ROCK Papago Park (City of Phoenix) arch 10 feet
Arizona HONEYMOON ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 40 feet
Arizona HOPE ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 65 feet
Arizona JETT ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 77 feet
Arizona ROYAL ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 76 feet
Arizona SKELETON ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 40 feet
Arizona SPIDERWEB ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 90 feet
Arizona STOUT ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 29 feet
Arizona SWINNERTON ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 40 feet
Arizona TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE Tonto Natural Bridge State Park bridge 150 feet
Arizona WHITE MESA ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 30 feet
Arizona WINDOW ROCK Window Rock Tribal Park arch unknown
Arizona WINDOW, THE Canyon de Chelly National Monument arch 35 feet
Arizona WRATHER ARCH BLM land arch 180 feet
Arkansas ALUM COVE NATURAL BRIDGE Ozark National Forest bridge 101 feet
Arkansas BUZZARD ROOST ROCKS ARCH Ozark National Forest arch 87 feet
Arkansas NATURAL BRIDGE OF ARKANSAS Ozark National Forest bridge 80 feet
California ARCH OF CABRILLO Channel Islands National Park sea arch 55 feet

Devils Bridge, Cococino National Forest, Sedona, Arizona
Devils Bridge, Cococino National Forest, Sedona, Arizona

Monument Rocks, Kansas
Monument Rocks, Kansas

Natural Bridge, Virginia
Natural Bridge, Virginia

Skull Arch, Fiery Furnance Tour, Arches National Park, Utah
Skull Arch, Fiery Furnace Tour, Arches National Park, Utah

STATE ARCH/BRIDGE NAME PARK TYPE ARCH
SPAN
California ARCH ROCK Joshua Tree National Park arch 35 feet
California ARCH ROCK ON SADDLE MOUNTAIN Sierra National Forest arch 40 feet
California ARCHED ROCK Sonoma Coast State Beach sea arch 50 feet
California LATHE ARCH BLM land (Alabama Hills Recreation Area) arch 13 feet
California MOBIUS ARCH BLM land (Alabama Hills Recreation Area) arch 17 feet
California NATURAL BRIDGE Death Valley National Park bridge 46 feet
California NATURAL BRIDGE Natural Bridges State Beach sea arch 15 feet
California SANTA CRUZ LIGHTHOUSE ARCH Lighthouse Field State Beach sea arch 19 feet
California UNNAMED NATURAL BRIDGE Mendocino Headlands State Park sea arch 20 feet
Colorado AKITI ARCH BLM land (Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness) arch 40 feet
Colorado ARETE ARCH BLM land (Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness) arch 20 feet
Colorado BULWARK ARCH BLM land (Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness) arch 20 feet
Colorado CEDAR TREE ARCH / RAINBOW ARCH BLM land (Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness) arch 76 feet
Colorado EAST RIM ARCH / CENTENNIAL ARCH BLM land (Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness) arch est. 65 feet
Colorado ELA NATURAL BRIDGE BLM land arch 90 feet
Colorado HOLE IN THE BRIDGE BLM land (Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness) arch 40 feet
Colorado KEYHOLE, THE Devil's Backbone Open Space (Loveland) arch est. 15 feet
Colorado LA VENTANA Rio Grande National Forest arch 80 feet
Colorado PERSEVERANCE ARCH BLM land (Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness) arch 55 feet
Colorado RIFLE ARCH BLM land arch 75 feet
Colorado TABAGUACHE ARCH BLM land arch 35 feet
Colorado WEST RIM ARCH / FINGER ARCH BLM land (Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness) arch est. 70 feet
Hawaii HOLEI SEA ARCH Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Big Island) sea arch 25 feet
Hawaii KUKUIHO'OLUA ARCH Laie Point State Wayside Park / Laie Point (O'ahu) sea arch 20 feet
Idaho WINDOW ARCH City of Rocks National Reserve arch 20 feet

Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California
Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California

Arch Rock, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Arch Rock, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Broken Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Broken Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Corona Arch, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch, Moab, Utah

STATE ARCH/BRIDGE NAME PARK TYPE ARCH
SPAN
Illinois BELL SMITH ARCH Shawnee National Forest arch 120 feet
Illinois CEDAR WONDERS ARCH Shawnee National Forest arch 9 feet
Illinois PAMONA NATURAL BRIDGE Shawnee National Forest bridge 75 feet
Iowa NATURAL BRIDGE Maquoketa Caves State Park bridge 55 feet
Kansas MONUMENT ROCKS ARCH Monument Rocks arch 9 feet
Kentucky BUFFALO ARCH Daniel Boone National Forest  arch 75 feet
Kentucky CREELSBORO NATURAL ARCH privately owned, but public access is allowed (Jamestown) bridge 104 feet
Kentucky DOUBLE ARCH Daniel Boone National Forest arch 28 feet
Kentucky FERN BRIDGE Carter Caves Resort State Park arch 110 feet
Kentucky FISHTRAP BRIDGE Daniel Boone National Forest bridge 77 feet
Kentucky GRAY'S ARCH Daniel Boone National Forest arch 79 feet
Kentucky LOG ROCK Kingdom Come State Park arch 60 feet
Kentucky MANTLE ROCK Mantle Rock Nature Preserve arch 167 feet
Kentucky NATURAL ARCH OF KENTUCKY Daniel Boone National Forest  arch 100 feet
Kentucky NATURAL BRIDGE OF KENTUCKY Natural Bridge State Resort Park bridge 76 feet
Kentucky PRINCESS ARCH Red River Gorge Geologic Area / Daniel Boone National Forest arch 32 feet
Kentucky SKY BRIDGE Red River Gorge Geologic Area / Daniel Boone National Forest arch 76 feet
Kentucky SMOKEY BRIDGE Carter Caves Resort State Park bridge 42 feet
Kentucky SPLIT BOW ARCH Stearns arch 52 feet
Kentucky STAR GAP ARCH Red River Gorge Geologic Area / Daniel Boone National Forest arch 70 feet
Kentucky TURTLE BACK ARCH Red River Gorge Geologic Area / Daniel Boone National Forest arch 12 feet
Kentucky WAGON ARCH Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area arch 35 feet
Kentucky WRIGLEY ARCH Kentucky Highway 7 arch 35 feet
Kentucky YAHOO ARCH Daniel Boone National Forest arch 57 feet
Michigan ARCH ROCK Mackinac Island State Park (Mackinac Island) arch 50 feet
Michigan LOVER'S LEAP Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore bridge est. 35 feet
Missouri ASH CAVE ARCH unknown arch 16 feet
Missouri CLIFTY CREEK NATURAL BRIDGE Clifty Creek Natural Area bridge 45 feet

Elephant Rock, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Elephant Rock, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

Double O Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Double O Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Double Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Double Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

STATE ARCH/BRIDGE NAME PARK TYPE ARCH
SPAN
Missouri GRAVOIS MILLS NATURAL BRIDGE unknown arch 25 feet
Missouri HA HA TONKA NATURAL BRIDGE Ha Ha Tonka State Park arch 50 feet
Missouri HOOTENTOWN NATURAL ARCH unknown arch 80 feet
Missouri PICKLE SPRINGS DOUBLE ARCH Pickle Springs Natural Area (Sainte Genevieve) arch 12 feet
Missouri ROCK BRIDGE Rock Bridge Memorial State Park (Columbia) bridge 30 feet
Missouri SELMORE ARCH unknown arch 31 feet
Montana MAKOSHIKA NATURAL BRIDGE Makoshika State Park bridge 50 feet
Nevada ARCH ROCK Valley of Fire State Park arch 13 feet
Nevada ELEPHANT ROCK Valley of Fire State Park arch 9 feet
Nevada LEXINGTON ARCH Great Basin National Park arch est. 55 feet
Nevada UNNAMED ARCH Valley of Fire State Park (White Domes Loop Trail) arch 8 feet
New Mexico CATS EYE / TALUS ARCH Carson National Forest arch 20 feet
New Mexico COX CANYON ARCH BLM land (Aztec/Farmington area) arch 43 feet
New Mexico LA VENTANA ARCH BLM land (El Malpais National Conservation Area) arch 135 feet
New Mexico RED LAKE NATURAL BRIDGE Navajo-owned land (northwestern NM; guide or permission req'd) bridge est. 100 feet
New Mexico SNAKE BRIDGE  Navajo-owned land (northwestern NM; guide or permission req'd) bridge 204 feet
Ohio ROCK HOUSE Hocking Hills State Park arch unknown
Ohio ROCKBRIDGE Rock Bridge State Nature Preserve arch 96 feet
Oklahoma CENTENNIAL ARCH Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge arch 40 feet
Oregon DEVILS PUNCHBOWL Devils Punchbowl State Park sea arch 38 feet
Oregon TWIN ROCKS ARCH Rockaway Beach sea arch 30 feet
Oregon UNNAMED ARCH Agate Beach sea arch 20 feet
South Dakota NEEDLES EYE Custer State Park arch 3 feet
Tennessee HIGHWAY 154 NATURAL BRIDGE Pickett State Park bridge 76 feet
Tennessee NATURAL BRIDGE Natural Bridge Park (Lookout Mountain) arch 93 feet

Druid Arch, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Druid Arch, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Hole In The Rock, Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona
Hole In The Rock, Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona

Johnson Arch, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah
Johnson Arch, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

above Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
above Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

STATE ARCH/BRIDGE NAME PARK TYPE ARCH
SPAN
Tennessee SEWANEE NATURAL BRIDGE South Cumberland State Park arch 50 feet
Tennessee TWIN ARCHES-NORTH ARCH Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area arch 93 feet
Tennessee TWIN ARCHES-SOUTH ARCH Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area arch 76 feet
Texas NATURAL BRIDGE OF TEXAS Natural Bridge Caverns arch 60 feet
Utah ANGEL ARCH Canyonlands National Park (Needles District) arch 120 feet
Utah BRIMHALL ARCH Capitol Reef National Park arch est. 120 feet
Utah BROKEN ARCH Arches National Park (just south of the Devils Garden area) arch 60 feet
Utah BROKEN BOW ARCH Escalante arch 94 feet
Utah CASSIDY ARCH Capitol Reef National Park arch 70 feet
Utah CASTLE ARCH Canyonlands National Park arch 140 feet
Utah COBRA ARCH Paria Canyon Wilderness arch 35 feet
Utah CORONA ARCH BLM land (Moab) arch 110 feet
Utah COYOTE NATURAL BRIDGE Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument bridge 68 feet
Utah DELICATE ARCH Arches National Park arch 46 feet
Utah DONUT FALLS NATIONAL BRIDGE Wasatch National Forest (Big Cottonwood Canyon) bridge 6 feet
Utah DOUBLE ARCH Arches National Park (Windows area) arch 148 feet
Utah DOUBLE O' ARCH Arches National Park (Devils Garden area) arch 66 feet
Utah DRUID ARCH Canyonlands National Park (Needles District) arch 20 feet
Utah ESCALANTE NATURAL BRIDGE Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument arch 125 feet
Utah EYE OF THE WHALE ARCH Arches National Park arch 48 feet
Utah FORTRESS ARCH Canyonlands National Park arch 115 feet
Utah GEMINI BRIDGES BLM land (Moab) bridge 67 feet
Utah GOLDEN CATHEDRAL Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument arch 30 feet
Utah GROSVENOR ARCH Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument arch 55 feet
Utah HAWKEYE ARCH Navajo-owned land (northeastern AZ; guide or permission req'd) arch 149 feet

Mesa Arch, Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Mesa Arch, Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Navajo Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Navajo Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Window Arch, City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho
Window Arch, City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho

North & South Windows, Arches National Park, Utah
North & South Windows, Arches National Park, Utah

STATE ARCH/BRIDGE NAME PARK TYPE ARCH
SPAN
Utah HICKMAN NATURAL BRIDGE Capitol Reef National Park arch 133 feet
Utah JACOB HAMLIN ARCH / LOBO ARCH Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument arch 100 feet
Utah JEEP ARCH BLM land (Moab) arch 60 feet
Utah JOHNSON ARCH Snow Canyon State Park arch 102 feet
Utah KACHINA NATURAL BRIDGE Natural Bridges National Monument bridge 192 feet
Utah KIRK ARCH Canyonlands National Park arch 166 feet
Utah LAMANITE ARCH Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument arch 70 feet
Utah KOLOB ARCH Zion National Park arch 287 feet
Utah LANDSCAPE ARCH Arches National Park (Devils Garden area) arch 290 feet
Utah MESA ARCH Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky District) arch 90 feet
Utah METATE ARCH Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument arch 16 feet
Utah MORNING GLORY BRIDGE BLM land (Negro Bill Canyon Trail; Moab) arch 243 feet
Utah NATURAL BRIDGE Bryce Canyon National Park arch 54 feet
Utah NAVAJO ARCH Arches National Park (Devils Garden area) arch 41 feet
Utah NEVILL'S ARCH BLM land arch 140 feet
Utah NORTH WINDOW Arches National Park (Windows area) arch 90 feet
Utah OTHO NATURAL BRIDGE  BLM land arch 68 feet
Utah OWACHOMO BRIDGE Natural Bridges National Monument bridge 180 feet
Utah PARALLEL ARCH Arches National Park (Klondike Bluffs area) arch 34 feet
Utah PARTITION ARCH Arches National Park (Devils Garden area) arch 30 feet
Utah PAUL BUNYAN'S POTTY Canyonlands National Park arch 35 feet
Utah PEEK-A-BOO BRIDGES Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument bridge 12 feet
Utah PINE TREE ARCH Arches National Park (Devils Garden area) arch 45 feet
Utah PRITCHETT ARCH BLM land (Moab) arch 121 feet
Utah PRIVATE ARCH Arches National Park (Devils Garden area) arch 38 feet
Utah RAINBOW BRIDGE Rainbow Bridge Natural Monument bridge 234 feet
Utah RING ARCH Arches National Park (Upper Courthouse Wash; off-trail) arch 47 feet
Utah SAND DUNE ARCH Arches National Park (just south of the Devils Garden area) arch 25 feet

Tower Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Tower Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Unnamed Arch, White Domes Loop Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Unnamed Arch, White Domes Loop Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Wilson Arch, Moab, Utah
Wilson Arch, Moab, Utah

STATE ARCH/BRIDGE NAME PARK TYPE ARCH
SPAN
Utah SIPAPU BRIDGE Natural Bridges National Monument bridge 225 feet
Utah SKULL ARCH / TWIN ARCH Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace tour) arch 47 feet
Utah SKYLINE ARCH Arches National Park (just south of Devils Garden area) arch 71 feet
Utah SOUTH WINDOW Arches National Park (Windows area) arch 115 feet
Utah STEVENS ARCH Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument arch 225 feet
Utah SURPRISE ARCH Arches National Park (Devils Garden area; off-trail) arch 60 feet
Utah TOWER ARCH Arches National Park (off Salt Valley Road) arch 101 feet
Utah TOWER BRIDGE Bryce Canyon National Park arch ???
Utah TUNNEL ARCH Arches National Park (Devils Garden area) arch 24 feet
Utah TUNNEL, THE Arches National Park (Upper Courthouse Wash; off-trail) arch 4 feet
Utah TURRET ARCH Arches National Park (Windows area) arch 35 feet
Utah WEDDING RING ARCH / RING ARCH Canyonlands National Park arch 59 feet
Utah WILSON ARCH Highway 191 (south of Moab) arch 95 feet
Virginia NATURAL BRIDGE OF VIRGINIA town of Natural Bridge bridge 90 feet
Washington ELEPHANT ROCK Quinault Indian Nation (permission required) sea arch 40 feet
Washington RAFT RIVER ARCH Quinault Indian Nation (permission required) sea arch 14 feet
Wisconsin LELAND ARCH Natural Bridge State Park bridge 35 feet
Wisconsin MAWIKWE SEA CAVES Apostle Islands National Lakeshore sea arch Varies
Wyoming AYRES NATURAL BRIDGE Ayres Natural Bridge County Park (Douglas) bridge 90 feet
Wyoming NATURAL BRIDGE Yellowstone National Park bridge 29 feet

HELPFUL LINKS

Arches UK > link
Utah Arches > link
The Natural Arch & Bridge Society > link
Arches of Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument > link




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