|Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.|
The air pools cold and heavy in canyon bottom. The homey smell of cottonwood greets me. How can cottonwood smell? Ah but it does and brings back flashes of memories of countless nights in my hammock under rustling leaves.
|Sipapu Bridge is the second largest natural bridge in the world.|
|No tracks here.|
|Not making it any further than this.|
|Marveling at the rock pile under Kachina Bridge caused by the 1992 rock fall. Geology in action!|
|One site the rangers can tell you about. Show your respect by staying outside of the fenced area and not damaging anything.|
|A few more footprints make for an easier ascent from the canyon.|
|Kachina Bridge from above.|
Overall, Natural Bridges National Monument is a fascinating place for having three natural bridges so close together. The snow-covered sandstone and ice formations along the flowing creek were stunning. The paved roads and parking areas were all plowed, making it relatively accessible for this time of year.
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Be sure to stop at the excellent visitors center. Before I set out, knowledgable rangers described the significance of the area and gave suggestions for routes through the snow. They also provided hiking maps and informative handouts.
Natural Bridges National Monument