After a day exploring Horseshoe Canyon at Canyonlands National Park, Holly and I traveled south to see the bridges at Natural Bridges National Monument. In 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt created this as Utah’s first National Park System area.
Sipapu Bridge is the second largest natural bridge in the world. What’s the difference between an arch and a natural bridge? Bridges are formed by the erosive action of moving water whereas arches are formed by other erosional forces such as frost and seeping moisture.
- According to the Park, people repeatedly occupied and abandoned this area from 9,000 to 700 years ago. Therefore, as with many other areas of the southwest, ruins and rock art remain as evidence. If you are lucky, you might just stumble upon something.
- NPS – Natural Bridges National Monument
- Hiking from Here to WOW: Utah Canyon Country, by Kathy Copeland and Craig Copeland
Please remember to turn off location services or automatic geotagging when photographing rock art or other heritage sites- especially if you plan to post your photos in social media. Avoid showing the horizon or identifiable features in the background that would help people navigate to the area. Better yet- only post photos of public archaeology sites. Those sites can generally be identified by the presence of interpretive signs or appear in materials distributed by the land-managing agency. While remote and little-known sites may no longer protected by being difficult to find, easily accessible sites have been targets of vandalism for decades. Public education is our best defense- please spread the word: rock art (both prehistoric and historic), structures, and archaeological deposits are wonderful to visit but impossible to replace when they are damaged or destroyed. Please enjoy these treasures, but don’t destroy them. Source: Utah Heritage Stewardship Program