…well into the second 5 year mission!

Bridges vs Arches

It’s not just a word.  Arches, such as at Arches National Park, are formed primarily by wind and frost.  Bridges are formed by water eroding the base, cutting through a cliff.  Natural Bridges National Monument has some dramatic natural bridges.

Natural Bridges NM 2015-09-10_10

A river has cut a winding canyon in the area.  When it undercuts one of the cliffs, emerging on the far side, Sipapu Bridge was created.

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br 2015-09-09

A trail allows visitors to descend to the base of the bridge.  It tends to take one to a ledge for a short traverse.  The rock, striped with ages of weathering, overhangs many of the ledges.  Views of the bridge are frequent.

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br trail 2015-09-09_3

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br trail 2015-09-09_5

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br trail 2015-09-09_9

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br trail 2015-09-09_13

Between ledges, the trail descends steeply, sometimes with steps, and sometimes with more precipitous means.

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br trail 2015-09-09_30

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br trail 2015-09-09_26

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br trail 2015-09-09_15

If I hang out under a bridge, does that make me a troll?

Natural Bridges NM Sipapu Br trail 2015-09-09_24

Time to kick back and enjoy the end of the day.

Natural Bridges NM sunset 2015-09-09_6

Natural Bridges NM sunset 2015-09-09_0

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One response

  1. Andrea

    Amazing shots! And I did not know the differences between Arches and Bridges…As usual, your shots and stories are wonderful.

    Like

    September 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm

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