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Sipapu Bridge - Natural Bridges
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Situated high on Cedar Mesa, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, shelters three very large natural bridges carved by nature from white Cedar Mesa sandstone. Intermittent streams have cut two deep canyons and the bridges from stone formed from what was once the shore of an ancient sea.
Sipapu Bridge is the largest and most spectacular of the three bridges in the Monument. It is considered middle aged, older than Kachina Bridge but younger than Owachomo Bridge. With a span of 225 3 feet and a height of 144 5 feet Sipapu is ranked as the second longest natural bridge after the more famous Rainbow Bridge National Monument, also in Utah.
Trails descend from Bridge View Drive to each of the bridges. A longer trail meanders along the canyon bottom through oak and cottonwood groves, connecting the three bridges in one loop hike. The scenic Bridge View Drive circumnavigates the park and is open year-round from sun rise to sunset. Overlooks along the drive allow views of each of the bridges.
October 28th, 2013
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