Owachomo Bridge – world’s first International Dark Sky Park

Owachomo Bridge – world’s first International Dark Sky Park

Natural Bridges National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of the Four Corners boundary of southeast Utah, in the western United States, at the junction of White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon, part of the Colorado River drainage.

The Monument was nearly inaccessible for many decades (a three-day horseback ride from Blanding, Utah, the nearest settlement), as reflected by the visitor log kept by the Monument’s superintendents. The park received little visitation until after the uranium boom of the 1950s, which resulted in the creation of new roads in the area, including modern day Utah State Route 95, which was paved in 1976.

Potential bridge collapse is possible at Natural Bridges National Monument, especially along the span of Owachomo Bridge in Armstrong Canyon which is only 9 feet (3 m) thick at the crest of its span.

Let There Be Night – National Wildlife Federation

The Milky Way glitters in unfaded glory above Owachomo Bridge in Utah’s Natural Bridges National Monument, the world’s first International Dark Sky Park.

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