After Climbing the Moki Dugway, we found ourselves on top of Cedar Mesa. At the Northern end of the mesa is Natural Bridges National Monument.
Home to three natural bridges which are viewable from a nine mile loop road.
The youngest is Kachina, which is still being formed by canyon floods.
The Mature, or middle, bridge is Sipapu. Completely formed, and standing tall and proud.
The oldest, now being eroded by frost and moisture action, is Owachomo. No one knows how much longer it will continue to bridge the ancient streambed which created it. Could still be centuries before it collapses.
In a moment of weakness I decided to hike the Sipapu trail. How bad can six tenth’s of a mile be?
Notice the elevation change, or the word strenuous? Nah, me neither.
Should have been a warning.
It levels out for a short distance leading past some old ruins, and to a natural viewpoint.
Did I enjoy the view and start back up? Nope. Kept going, getting closer and closer, while going down and down.
More of these,
as well as handrails in some sections of slickrock which I didn’t get pictures of due to my holding on.
Finally to the bottom, and the remains of the stream which created the beauty.
From there, it was back to the top. 500 feet of elevation gain in 6/10 of a mile! What was I thinking? Anyway, I made it back up before Wanda felt the need to call 911. Another great hike to view more of “Land before Time”……