There were some traversing that some people would not like to do, and on a couple of occasions it is a stretch to reach the next foothold. In one case after getting down from a ladder rung, there is an angle drop off that was steep that can be dangerous. Take it slow; no ropes to hold you up.more
The roadside has a kiva and ruins of living quarters of Pueblo Indians. It is right off the road, and a short walk to the site. The kiva and ruins are nice, but the real site is the House of Fire on a hike taken and located shortly downroad. At this site you can walk to the cliff edge after hiking 1/2 mile through the trees for a view. You can get...more
This Pueblo ruin is fantastic to see up close, but also the purpose is to come when the sun shines on the rock. It looks like the house is on fire, or at least the cove overhang. The hike was not to difficult, even though a long trek through sand as you follow the creek bed bottom. The rock walls surrounding you get form 60 to 100 feet high. The...more
This arch is 210 feet high and the span is 204 feet' 93 feet thick. The arch is reported to be the newer of these because of the large size of the span yet and narrow opening. It has not been eroded as much yet. The hike was 1.8 miles and elevation variance of 400 feet. The hike was okay and not too difficult for me, not being a superstar hiker....more
This hike to the arch was relatively easy and short at 6/10 of a mile, and steps to help you get down to the arch. It has a span of 180 feet, and is 106 feet high. The thickness of this arch is very narrow at 9 feet, and 32 feet wide. The name in Indian language means rock mound because of the adjacent rock hills next to it.more
This arch is 220 feet high and spans 268 feet. It is the second largest arch in the world. It sits in a valley that takes a bit going up to go down to it. The hike is 2.1 miles per my calculation, versus park estimate of 1.2 miles?? The elevation is 500 feet and you take two old wood ladders to get up to some areas. There are also some rocks and...more
The last of the three bridges, Owachomo is the smallest, "only" 106 feet tall and 180 feet across. Although we weren't able to take the trail down to the bridge when there, the trailhead guide led us to believe this would be the least strenuous of the three, although it would still have a decent elevation change to it.more
This is the second of the three bridges. It's only slightly smaller than Sipapu. You do get a pretty good look at the river that helped carve this bridge from the overlook. The walk to this overlook is a little longer than the others, and it has a slight incline at the beginning.more
If you're looking for a short hike that isn't as strenuous, this is the one. The trailhead is a few stops after the Sipapu Bridge. It starts with a steep hill, but then levels off pretty well. You walk along the canyon over the rocky terrain (there are guardrails to help mark the way.) At the end, you can view a set of ruins. It's about a 30-45...more
This is the first bridge you will run into as you loop through the park. It's the biggest of the three in terms of height and span. The second overlook in the park is the best view of the bridge. Several stops later will be the trailhead to hike down to the base of the bridge. The trailheads are well marked and give you a good summary of elevation...more
Car is the only way, unless you are in to fierce walks over many miles (which still can be quiet intresting). In the parks itself you anyway already have to walk.
In the Natural Bridges Park one has to walk and can choose between several paths. A scenic drive brings you close to the largest natural bridges. News Paper Rock can be reached by car and lies in the spectacular and huge Canyonlands Park. It must be a challenge and adventure to go walking here. One can hike days and days without finding any trace of civilisation (see also Green River).
If you are coming to Natural Bridges from the South in Arizona, beware that UT-261 (AKA, the "Moki Dugway") had 3 miles of graded gravel switchbacks (recommended 5mph). While this doesn't sound like a big deal (3 miles, no big deal, right?), you may think otherwise when you are sharing a one lane gravel road with no guard rail.Once you finish, it...more
Bluff was founded in 1880, by 200 Mormons settling here to farm crops. There are still descendants in the town today. The log/wood village homes are from that first era. Later they built more elaborate homes. Many Victorian homes are preserved in town that were built 1886-1905 Also a lot of prehistoric sites are in the area. They have preserved the...more
A town of only about 50 people; all in retail trade and service to tourists is a drop off point for travelers and buses going to Monument VAlley 22 miles south, or Natural Bridges 45 miles north. It is wide open spaces and the sheer rock faces along the perimeter is great scenery. Near the bridge is a motel and restaurant and gift shop and...more
Indian ruins are in the back of the museum building. Inside the building is the depiction of the evolution of the Indians and the geology of this area. It is an archeological repository. The museum itself seemed rather "stale" and not that great in my opinion. The fee of $5 was not paid by me since I noted the visits may be only 10 minutes, and I...more
Visit the Natural Bridges N.P. Here is a stunning collection of natural formed bridges in a strange landscape that is sliced in pieces by little rivers. In the erosion proces, here these rivers had a tough job as the stone is for the largest part harder then in areas like the Grand Canyon or Monument Valley. Deep trenches are dug by the waters and in some places it couldn't get through the stone layers, went around and - when deep enough - went underneath. A bridge has been born.
Fondest memory: The fragile bridge hanging over our heads had something scary as who can tell ... when the end of this natural shaped wonder will be.
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