Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Natural Bridges of Utah

We left the beautiful Moab area and stopped for a night at a BLM overflow campground near Natural Bridges National Momument. We had to drive down a gravel road which was carved out in spots due to rains but we made it through. It is really a nice spot, especially being free. There were a half dozen other motorhomes or tenters there.. Nice view and very quiet.

     We are only about 7 miles from the National Monument and so once we got set up, we headed over to it. We stopped in the Visitor Center and when we got out it was raining pretty good. However, by the time we made our first stop on the loop, it had stopped. There are three magnificent bridges in this area. The Momument was established in 1908 and was Utah's first National Park System area. The difference between arches and bridges is that bridges are formed by the erosive action of moving water. Arches are formed by other erosional forces, mainly frost action and seeping moisture. We followed on the 9 mile one way loop, stopping to take some short hikes to the overlooks. There are also some longer hikes up to around 8 miles for those so iinclined. 

      Tuesday, we left and made our way to Lake Powell. We drove through part of Monument Valley, which we had visited a number of years ago.

We have stayed at Lake Powell before and stayed at the Wahweap Marina RV Campground, which is a very nice place with great views of the water and hills from most of the sites if not all sites. This time we decided to stay at Lone Rock Beach which we had checked out the last time we were in the area. It is dry camping but you are right on the water with incredible views. There were actually quite a few people here but we did get a spot by the water with just a small hill to walk done to get to the water.
We will be able to launch our boats from our site, which is always nice.


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