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...Natural Bridges Natl Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument is mostly known for its three natural bridges, bridges that were naturally formed by eons of gushing water gradually making the opening.
Natural Bridges is located in southeast Utah, close to the Four Corners area. It is Utah's first national monument and is also the first park to be designated an International Dark-Sky park due to the fact that it has the darkest and clearest skies in the nation.
The three main bridges in Natural Bridges NM were given Hopi Indian names. This one, Sipapu, is the second largest natural bridge in the world. (The largest is Rainbow Bridge in nearby Glen Canyon.) In Hopi mythology, a sipapu is a gateway through which the soul passes to the spirit world. Though it may appear smaller, Sipapu bridge has a span of 268 feet; its width is 31 feet, and it is 53 feet thick.
It takes three ladders to reach the canyon floor and Sipapu bridge from its trailhead. This is the third and shortest one. The first and second ones are shown on the right. Directly below is Sipapu Bridge.
Above and Below: Kachina Bridge is thought to be the youngest of the bridges. The thickness of its span at 93 feet is a giveaway. The bridge is named for the Kachina dancers that play a major role in the Hopi religion.
Owachomo Bridge is thought to be the oldest of the three bridges. The walk down to Owachomo from its parking lot is easier than the hike to the other two bridges. The thickness of Owachomo's span is 9 feet, though, because of the distance, it looks much thinner.
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