They are so much bigger than we imagined. W had seen pictures and new what to expect in terms of geological formations, history, etc. It was not quite what I had imagined when we got there. Taking the short walks from the parking lots. We looked over the railings and there were times I just couldn’t quite see it in perspective and then as I moved to the left and right and as I zoomed in with my camera I realized why I couldn’t quite mke it out at first. It was my preconceived imaage of why it would look lie. And this was so much bigger than I had thought it would be. Actually, all of them we more vast than I had imagined..
You drive a ways into the park. As, with all National Parks and Monuments (Natural Bridges is a National Monument) the roads are nicely marked and free of trash. You get a detailed map and begin the journey twisting and turning along the road. One stop and another. I don’t know how we did it on this Utah National Parks and Monument trip, but we were almost always the only ones there when we hiked to the end of the paths.
There is awe and there is OMG awe and I believe the latter is when you are there alone. There may be a little wind and possibly a few birds, but when you stop and really, really take it in, you realize that this is a very special place. One stop, two stops, three stops, Indian ruins. Did the Indians see these bridges or were they formed long after the original inhabitants moved on or ceased to exist? Did they exit centuries before the Indians dwelled in the cliffs? Are the Bridges what inspired the Indians to call this place home?
All I know is that this Monument is surreal. You walk along these nice, clean, modern paths and gaze over the railings to see these natural phenomenon’s splendor and realize there can’t be too many other places (if any) that mimic this part of America.