After passing through Glen Canyon, I pressed on to Natural Bridges. On the way into the park entrance, I realized just how close it is to Bears Ears, another national land in the news.
I checked in at the Visitor’s Center and reserved a camping spot in the small 13-space campground. $15 seemed like a bargain. Heh. I couldn’t help noticing a “No Camping” sign at the edge of the parking lot. Heh heh.
Near the entrance, I spotted a plaque that honors one of my kids’ relatives, so I took a pic to share with them later since there is no cell service in this area of the world.
After I decided on a camping spot and tagged it with paperwork, I decided to drive around the 9 mile loop that connects all the overlooks and trailheads in the park. There are three main natural bridges in this park. (A natural bridge is a lot like a natural arch but it has been carved out by water.) I stopped at each overlook, then decided to take the trail down to the last and largest bridge, Owachomo (“Rock Mound”), following the recommendation of the rangers I had talked to at the Visitor’s Center.
Even at the end of March, when I thought the Spring runoff would be pretty significant, there was hardly any water in the area. This was the extent of the water trickling down and under the bridge from “upstream.”