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Near Blanding in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Kachina Bridge

 
 
Kachina Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 11, 2010
1. Kachina Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Kachina (Ka-cheé-na) Bridge was named for the Hopi kachina spirits which frequently displayed lightning snake symbols on their bodies. Similar snake patterns were carved by prehistoric people on the base of Kachina Bridge.

Kachina Bridge is the best place in the monument to observe the making of a natural bridge. Here meandering streams cut downward into the Cedar Mesa Sandstone, leaving a thin wall of rock. The streams attacked the wall from both sides, eroding the weaker areas. Eventually, the streams broke through the wall creating a natural bridge.

Kachina Bridge is still being enlarged by the streams. Flash floods wear away at the abutments and gravity pulls at loose rocks.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentNative Americans.
 
Location. 37° 35.845′ N, 110° 1.702′ W. Marker is near Blanding, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker can be reached from Bridge View Drive, 4.8 miles west of Visitor Center Parking Lot
Kachina Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 11, 2010
2. Kachina Bridge
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, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located 600 feet southwest of the bridge parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Powell UT 84533, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Owachomo Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bears Ears (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sipapu Bridge (approx. 1.7 miles away); Utah's First National Monument (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Natural Bridges National Monument. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 13, 2016.) 

2. Kachina Bridge. National Park Service website page on bridge. (Submitted on March 13, 2016.) 
 
Kachina Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 11, 2010
3. Kachina Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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Oct. 3, 2022