Location: Natural Bridges National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument, Southeastern Utah
|A 180 foot long Natural Bridge|
After a rather poor night's sleep, I headed off to the monument. The best way to see this place is by taking the 8.4 mile hike which passes under the parks bridges. Its not a difficult hike and the canyon and bridges will prevent you from ever getting tired!
|Sipapu Bridge, the second largest in the World|
I should note that natural bridges are caused by flowing water. Often what will happen is there will be an acute bend in a river at a place with softer rock. Over time, the river will wear away at the bend in the river and eventually push entirely through it! This changes the course of the river and the bridge will expand in size.
The last bridge was my absolute favorite. It looked completely staged! Owachomu bridge is only 9 feet thick at the center and 180ft long! These bridges were the perfect compliment to an equally beautiful canyon. If I could, I would post the other 100 pictures that I took!
|Hovenweep National Monument|
This park is on the Utah-Colorado boarder and preserves an Ancient Pueblo Peoples settlement. The term "Ancient Pueblo People" has replaced the term "Anasazi" because the Ancient Pueblo People are the cultural root of several Native American tribes. This settlement was in a very inhospitable part of the desert and the people used dry farming techniques and incredible resourcefulness to survive. The 2.2 mile hike around the park was an excellent way to see the dozens of ruins.
With that, I was off to see the crown jewel of ancient ruins at Mesa Verde National Park!