The state of Utah has a lot to offer when it comes to the most impressive rock formations on earth. They can be seen in Utah’s National Parks, such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, the north rim of the Grand Canyon and Arches National Parks. Arches National Park is home to some of the world’s longest natural arches.
A natural arch has an opening underneath. This opening is caused by erosion, either by water (waves) or by weather (severe and continuous winds). Normally these natural arches or natural bridges collapse. But until they break, they become larger as the erosion is working on the soft spots, often consisting of sandstone or shale. Natural arches can be found on any continent, but where can you find the world’s longest natural arches? What’s their span in feet and meters? Check the top 10 longest natural arches!
Top 10 longest natural arches
- Shipton’s Arch, Xinjiang, China – 212 ft / 65 m
- Stevens Arch, Escalante Canyon, Utah, USA – 220 ft / 67 m
- Sipapu Natural Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, USA – 225 ft / 69 m
- Gaotun Natural Bridge, Guizhou, China – 230 ft / 70 m
- Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah, USA – 234 ft / 71 m
- Morning Glory Natural Bridge, Negro Bill Canyon, Utah, USA – 243 ft / 73 m
- Aloba Arch, Ennedi Plateau, Chad – 250 ft / 76 m
- Kolob Arch, Zion National Park, Utah, USA – 287 ft / 87 m
- Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA – 290 ft / 88 m
- Fairy Bridge (Xian Ren Qiao), Guangxi, China – 400 ft / 121 m