2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Natural Bridges NM - BLM Overflow Parking

Natural Bridges NM - BLM Overflow Parking, another view

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Torrey, UT - Natural Bridges NM 0 - our route - 140...

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The 140 mile trip from Torrey down to Natural Bridges National Monument was another magnificent journey with eye-popping views around every corner. We encountered a lot of grades, both up and down, but again the Mothership handled them very well. Allison does make a great transmission. We are staying in a parking lot called the BLM overflow campground which is about seven miles from Natural Bridges NM. Nothing over 26 feet can stay in the monument campground. We were alone until late afternoon when about 10 more rigs showed up, almost all of them rental units. At least the cost was right - $0!

We disconnected Libby right after arriving and went to the monument. We were a little disappointed by it but I am sure that is because we have been exposed to so much grandeur in the last few weeks, three ole' natural bridges didn't compare. They still are some of nature's wonders being situated in the bottom of a canyon running through the area.

We only spent about two hours in the monument and then came back to watch some softball. Thankfully the Gators stayed in the winner's bracket. We should be in place tomorrow at Monument Valley in time to watch them play again.

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