Friday, September 3, 2010

Natural Bridges NM

We stopped by Natural Bridges National Monument for a day of biking and hiking. It's a pretty place with viewpoints of 3 large bridges and trails down to (and between) them. We biked over to Sipapu Bridge and then ran a loop between it and Kachina Bridge. Here is Sipapu from the road - the green circle in the middle of the photo:


I ran across the plateau first, while John ran down into the canyon in an opposite loop. A cairn along the upper trail:


Rock head:


Kachina Bridge from up high:


The trail heading down to the bridge:


The bridge from underneath:


Hi John!


Interesting tree (probably juniper?):


Odd balanced rock:


Sipapu Bridge from underneath:


An interesting angle on the rock in the background - almost looks like it's in front of the bridge:


"Warning - Unfenced Viewpoint":


Turkey vulture:


Looking down into White Canyon:


John waiting for me at the top:


The third bridge, called Owachomo (not so easy to see):


Instead of walking down there, here is a better angle:


The solar installation at the park - we are seeing lots of solar panels at most of the national parks and monuments this summer. Utah is a great place for it!

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