The next stop on our 28 mile tour was Jasper Forest. Erosion of the high rocky bluff has left hundreds of petrified logs once encased in the bluff strewn across the valley below.
This was a short walk to the viewing area. We were getting really tired from all the walking and it was nice to see a few short ones to allow us to rest between stops. We were only allowed to view this one from the top. After viewing this beautiful area, our next stop was to see the Agate Bridge.
Centuries of scouring floodwaters washed out the gully beneath this 110-foot petrified log to form this natural bridge. Masonry pillars were added to support Agate Bridge in 1911. People were not allowed to walk on the bridge. We got as close as we could to take the pictures.
Our next stop was the Blue Mesa 3 1/2 mile loop drive. This beautiful drive has views of the badlands, log falls, and self-guided tours and a one mile trail with a very steep section to walk. We decided to drive this one. You could spend a week in this park if you wanted to walk all the trails and explore. We did all of this in one day and made the best of what we could see in five hours. It is a very impressive park, check back later for more from our visit to the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert.