Bridges Au Naturel
Trip Start Mar 10, 2007
8Trip End Mar 21, 2007
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The Native American heritage is strong in the formation of this monument and the names of all 3 bridges have references to the American Hopi Tribe. Sipapu Bridge is named after the Hopi word for a gateway to which souls may enter the spirit world. Kachina Bridge is named after the Kachina dancers that are central to Hopi religious tradition, and Owachomo Bridge is named after a rock mound
As getting to the park involves a slight detour from the main highways visitor numbers are quite low year round. It is really a shame that this is the case as the bridges are quite spectacular formations shaped by water erosion. You are no longer allowed to climb onto the bridges but the views from below are sufficiently grand, especially if you're using a wide angle lens!
Photography though can be a bit tricky, especially since most of the photos you will take will be upwards towards the bridges, and depending on where you are, parts of the bridge will probably be in full shadow and present some difficulties for contrast.
I did the 3 hikes separately, as I calculated that that would involve less distance to be covered. The weather again was just perfect and the solitude for most of the day was a godsend. This is one place one shouldn't miss out, even if it involves a detour.
As evening approached, I made my way towards Monument Valley, a place made famous by numerous American Westerns like Bonanza.