10 of Mother Nature’s Splendid Natural Arches

There’s something rather hypnotizing about natural, rock-hewn arches which have been formed by wind or water erosion over thousands if not millions of years. Somehow, it also seems that the harder they are to reach, the more rewarding the experience can be. This is definitely the case for China’s Moon Hill, which is a striking arch atop a 230m high hill. The climb up, through and on top of the arch can be hard work, but the views, of both the arch and the stunning scenery beyond, are truly spectacular.

France’s Pont d’Arc is arguably one of the most beautiful and easiest to reach, whilst at the Arches National Park in Utah, you’ll have more awe-inspiring arches to admire than you could ever dream. Yet one of the most dramatic arches would have to be Chile’s La Portada, which you’ll find just off the western coast of the country, about 18kms north of Antofagasta. The 43m high arch and surrounding dramatic sandstone cliffs are isolated, barren and utterly spellbinding.

Moon Hill, China

Moon Hill, China, one of the Worlds Natural Arches

Pont D’Arc, Gorges de l’Ardeche, France

La Portada Arch, Chile

La Portada Arch, Chile

Metate Arch, Utah, USA

Arch of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

London Bridge, Port Campbell, Australia

The Green Bridge of Wales, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, USA

Durdle Door Limestone Arch, Dorset, England

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, USA

Delicate Arch, one of the most recognizable Natural Arches in the world
Delicate Arch, one of the most recognisable Natural Arches in the world