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Natural Bridges National Monument

The 3 popular bridges can all be seen from the road, the hikes are all very maintained, maybe too maintained, with perfectly square stepping stones everywhere, it feels a little less natural, but that is how most National Parks and Monuments feel. The names of the bridges are all Native American, I think they are Hopi Indian words. None of these bridges where called these names by American Indians however, a white man named them all.

I really enjoyed the area, it was quick and easy, and actually undercrowded. The Monument was well worth the stop.

What's the difference between a bridge and an arch? Bridges have to be formed by rivers or streams, arches can be formed by many methods.

Sipapu Bridge
Owachomo Bridge
Kachina Bridge

Horsecollar Ruin Overlook Trail
Cedar Mesa
Highway 95
Highway 275


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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Natural Bridge National Monument

Sipapu Bridge
Natural Bridge National Monument




Sipapu Bridge Information

Sipapu Bridge information found on the plaque.
Exerpt:
Cedar Mesa, a million acre plateau encompassing the monument and surrounding area, is composed of nearly horizontal sedimentary rock layers. During the Perminan Period, wind blown sands from the north and west were deposited here as dunes. Later sediments buried these dunes and with time, pressure and moisture, they became "petrified" sand or sandstone. Today geologists lable this Layer the Cedar Mesa Sandstone.




Sipapu Bridge Trailhead

Sipapu Bridge Trailhead and information map.






Horsecollar Ruin Overlook Trail information and Map
Anasazi Cliff Ruins


Kachina Bridge

Looking northwest toward the Kachina Bridge


Kachina Bridge

Kachina Bridge




Owachomo Bridge Trail

Owachomo Bridge Trail
Just 1/10th of a mile walk to the bridge.


Owachomo Bridge

Looking south over Owachomo Bridge and Cedar Mesa.


Owachomo Bridge

Looking south toward Owachomo Bridge




Looking nearly straight up to the Owachomo Bridge


Owachomo Bridge

Looking north toward Owachomo Bridge


Frozen Leaf

A leaf frozen in some solid ice.
How do you think these weird patterns form under the leaf?
What causes that strange embossing effect?
My theory is... that maybe the sun heats the leaf enough to melt
a small layer above the leaf and the leaf moves up, why, I don't know.
What's your theory? Leave your idea on the message board below.



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