Monday, July 27, 2009
Natural Bridges National Monument (fee area) is one of those nice parks that you can see in one day. I recommend the loop experience, which is the longest available hike. It is about an eight mile trek on not too difficult terrain. Besides seeing all three natural bridges, you will see ancient Puebloan ruins and rock art if eyes are kept open. The most famous ruin, Horsecollar, is near Sipapu Bridge (which is the second largest natural bridge in the world). No more clues on that. After visiting the ruin sites and bridges, the end of the loop traverses mesa top for a couple of miles to your vehicle.
Park access is from Rt. 95, about 40 miles west of Blanding, Utah.
Natural Bridges is one of the oldest National Parks (1908).
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