We continued on the dirt road through Valley of the gods as we pulled out in the morning:
Even the long way around had some pretty significant grades. After checking out the visitor center, we decided to hike down to Sipapu Bridge. Sipapu is 220 feet high, with a span of 268 feet and a thickness of 53 feet:
Sipapu in the distance:
Trish and the kids are in the lower right corner of the frame:
Three frame panorama (click for full view):
Long way up:
Fun with the sun:
Trish caught me working the bridge. It’s all about the angle!
The stream that carved (and continues to carve) Sipapu:
Next we drove to the trailhead for Owachomo Bridge. It’s smaller (106ft high, 180ft span), but it’s only 9 feet thick!
On the way out of the park we met some folks doing the “Bike the US for MS” tour. I found one of the rider’s blog posts for that day.
We headed North about 100 miles to Arches National Park:
Fin structure in the Fiery Furnace area:
Delicate Arch at sunset. As shown below, we were across the valley from the arch:
Trish draws Delicate Arch:
After dinner, we did a night hike to Sand Dune Arch. The moon casts light on the sandstone above:
Moon through the rocks:
We drove 230 miles today. Natural Bridges NM (B), Arches NP (C):