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

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sipapu Bridge
Natural Bridge National Monument

Sipapu Bridge information found on the plaque.
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 and information map.

Horsecollar Ruin Overlook Trail information and Map
Anasazi Cliff Ruins

Looking northwest toward the Kachina Bridge

Kachina Bridge

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

Looking south over Owachomo Bridge and Cedar Mesa.

Looking south toward Owachomo Bridge

Looking nearly straight up to the Owachomo Bridge

Looking north toward Owachomo Bridge

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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