Ted's World of Arches

A Natural Bridge is formed by the action of running water and is situated in or near a former creek bed.  An Arch is a span in a rock created by the forces of erosion, primarily ice.  In certain national parks, a formation officially qualifies as an arch only if the opening is at least three feet long in one direction; at Ted's World there is no such restriction.

Known or estimated dimensions of the openings of the various structures are listed as [width in feet × height in feet].  These measurements should be taken only as approximations; for there are some discrepancies even among "official" sources.  The numbers published on this page are "best guesses" based upon currently available data, and are intended only to provide a sense of scale for readers unfamiliar with the formations.

Many arches are misnamed as natural bridges on topo maps, and frequently those misnomers have remained the popular choices — even in certain federal parks where the management should know better.  At Ted's World, however, naming is based solely upon geologic correctness.

Most images are available for download in 1024×768 JPEG format; a few older ones are somewhat smaller.

– click on any picture for a high-resolution graphic –

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ARIZONA — VERMILLION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Top Rock Arch
at The Wave
est. 12 × 6

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ARIZONA — MISC

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Rainbow Bridge
Lake Powell
– highest in the western hemisphere –
275 × 246
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Hole in the Rock
Lower Antelope Canyon
7 × 9
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unnamed
Lower Antelope Canyon
3 × 3

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CALIFORNIA — ALABAMA HILLS

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Eye of Alabama Arch
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Mobius Arch
17 × 6
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(same)

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Lathe Arch
13 × 2
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(unknown)
7 × 1

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CALIFORNIA — YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

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Indian Ridge Arch
Indian Rock Trail
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(same>
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(same)

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Old Shoe Arch
North Dome summit
(not officially recognized)
2 × 1

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CALIFORNIA — MISC

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Deep Creek Arch
Coldstream Trail, Truckee
2 × 9
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Thunder Mountain Arch
Thunder Mountain Trail, Eldorado NF
× 15

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NEVADA — FALLING MAN TRAIL

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unnamed-01
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unnamed-02
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unnamed-03

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NEVADA — LITTLE FINLAND

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unnamed-01

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unnamed-02
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unnamed-03
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unnamed-04

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NEVADA — VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK

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Arch Rock
Atlatl Rock Road
12 × 8
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unnamed-01
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unnamed-02

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unnamed-03
Petroglyph Canyon Trail
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unnamed-04
(same)
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(same)

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Mouse's Buttress
12 × 10
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(same)
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Quadruple Arch

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unnamed-05
10 × 10
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Broken Tunnel
6 × 3
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unnamed 06-07

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unnamed-08
6 × 6
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unnamed-09
3 × 4
* unnamed-10
3 × 4

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unnamed-11
3 × 3
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unnamed-12
3 × 3
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unnamed-13
3 × 3

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White Domes Arch One
White Domes Loop
7 × 4
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(same)
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Movie Set Arch
(same)
2 × 3

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Roadside attractions
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UTAH — ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

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Tower Arch
101 × 45
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(same)
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(same)

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Sand Dune Arch
25 × 12
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(same)
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Echo Arch
17 × 26

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Landscape Arch
– longest arch in the world –
290 × 106
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Navajo Arch
41 × 13
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(same)

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Double-O Arch
66 × 35  /  21 × 9
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(same)
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(same)

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Partition Arch
30 × 30  /  9 × ?
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Black Arch
71 × 39
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Skyline Arch
71 × 34

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Delicate Arch
33 × 45
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(same)
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Frame Arch
15 × 13

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Skull Arch
47 × 30  /  28 × 27
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Surprise Arch
63 × 53
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(same)

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Double Arch
144 × 112  /  61 × 86
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Turret Arch
35 × 65  /  11 × 12
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(same)

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The Spectacles
North Window: 90 × 48
South Window: 115 × 56
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Broken Arch
53 × 41
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(same)

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Walk Through Bridge
9 × 8
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(same)
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Crawl Through Arch
8 × 2

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Tunnel Arch
24 × 26
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(same>
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unnamed

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Pine Tree Arch
45 × 44
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(same)
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unnamed

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Baby Arch
26 × 16
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Private Arch
– discovered in 1980 –
38 × 18
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(same)

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Top Story Window
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Box Arch
31 × 14

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UTAH — BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

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Wall of Windows
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unnamed
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unnamed

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Mossy Cave Windows
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(same)
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Bryce Canyon Arch
(not a natural bridge)

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Hoodoos at Bryce Point

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UTAH — CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK

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Mesa Arch
94 × 7

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UTAH — CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

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Peekaboo Arch
36 × 16
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Saddle Arch
50 × 55
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Shy Arch

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Muley Arch
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unnamed
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Left Hand Arch!

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Hickman Natural Bridge
133 × 125
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(same)
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(same)

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Cassidy Arch
70 × 100
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(same)

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UTAH — GRAND STAIRCASE ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Grosvenor Arch
55 × 85
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(same)
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unnamed

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Metate Arch
16 × 22
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(same)
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unnamed

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Stevens Arch
– 9th longest span in the world –
220 × 140
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(same)
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Cliff Arch

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Coyote Natural Bridge
50 × 16
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(same>
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Jacob Hamblin Arch
est. 50 × 100

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Escalante Arch
(not a natural bridge)
100 × 130
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(same)
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unnamed

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Covered Wagon Natural Bridge
23 × 10
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Cedar Wash Arch
est. 15 × 20
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(same)

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UTAH — GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

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Chinese Arch
10 × 12
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(same)

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UTAH — MOAB AREA

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Corona Arch
110 × 110
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(same)
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Bowtie Arch
30 × 30

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Pritchett Arch
(not a natural bridge)
121 × 50
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Window Arch
40 × 50
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(same)

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Jughandle Arch
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Morning Glory Arch
– 5th longest in the world –
(not a natural bridge)
243 × 75
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(same)

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UTAH — NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Sipapu Bridge
– 8th longest in the world –
225 × 144
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(same)
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(same)

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Owachomo Bridge
180 × 106
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(same)
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Shoe Arch
10 × 6

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Kachina Bridge
192 × 210
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(same)
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(same)

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UTAH — SAN RAFAEL SWELL

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Wild Horse Window
35 × 22
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(same)
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Squint Arch
30 × 5

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UTAH — ZION NATIONAL PARK

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Hidden Arch
– officially discovered in 1998 –
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Two Pines Arch
32 × 33
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under the Angels Landing Trail
3 × 5

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