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Jun 2, 2011 - Natural Bridges Nat'l Monument - BLM Overflow Camping

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...

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May 1, 2011 - Natural Bridges National Monument - WOW in Capitals for sure

We left our KOA-Mesa Verda accommadation in Cortez, Colorado and headed south/west on Highway #160. Our first stop of the day was at “The Four Corners National Monument.” This where the four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet as each state is relatively at right angles to each other (apparently the only place in the whole of USA where 4 states meet). We entered Navajo territory again and paid our $3.00 each at the tribal gate to enter the area that symbolized the spot where four states meet. We walked towards the 30 x 30...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Ten Commandments of Camping

1. Thou shalt only camp in ACTUAL camper locations (as obvious as that may be). 2. Thou shalt NOT gather wood. 3. ‘Do NOT bust the crust.’ In other words…STAY ON THE TRAIL.’ (hikers and drivers) (4. Thou shalt follow good driving rules. PULL over when you are slower than those following you. USE signals when necessary, do NOT brake at every opportunity, if you are a blue BUICK, try to approach the speed limits…. 5. Thou shalt practice GOOD photography etiquette. Don’t HOG the view or sit in the PIC. 6. Even if you are a born American,...

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Oct 26, 2010 - Natural Bridges National Monument

Ok, I could not visit Arches NP and not visit Natural Bridges NM. Oh you say they are all the same, nay, nay. Natural bridges are formed by the erosive action of moving water. Arches are formed by other erosional (Lamesa High word) forces, mainly frost action and seeping moisture. However erosional (word for the day) forces also work to enlarge natural bridges once stream erosion forms them. This is the reason I came to Natural Bridges NM, to watch the erosional forces.

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Apr 10, 2010 - Natural Bridges National Monument

Today we decided to head toward Lake Powell and see what it looked like from this direction. We also decided that since Natural Bridges National Monument was on the way, we would stop there first. On the drive home we decided that was the smartest thing we did. Lake Powell at Hall's Crossing isn't nearly as magnificent as it was from Page, Arizona. Our first stop, however, wasn't Natural Bridges. We came across a sign to the Mule Canyon Anasazi Site so we decided to stop there. We were certainly glad we did. This site was initially...

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Sep 19, 2009 - on the road to Mesa Verde

Saturday saw us leave Bullfrog and head to Mesa Verde. We decided to take the ferry across the lake which is the continuation of Utah highway 276. While waiting for the ferry Russ and Mark wandered around the area and stumbled on a coyote that appeared to have a den between the ferry landing and the marina. Mark got a couple of shaky pictures from the wrong camera setup, but what can you do in a pinch? The ferry trip is a short 30 minute ride that was quite enjoyable. Captain Dave came down on deck and filled us in on some of the local...

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Desert Storm 2009

Apr 22, 2009 - Natural Bridges & Hite

Wednesday From Blanding, we drove west across Utah with two stops on the way to Capitol Reef National Park. First was Natural Bridges National Monument where there are three bridges. (An arch is formed by wind, but a bridge is formed by water). It was beautiful and a worthwhile stop. After that we descended into Glen Canyon and thought it was gorgeous, and were having mixed feelings about simply being there and the travesty that our government created by building Glen Canyon Dam. The last spillway was closed in 1963, and it was at least...

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Oct 6, 2007 - Canyonlands/ Natural Bridges Nat Parks

I awoke to a rainy and cool morning in Moab. I visited the local public library to send a few last minute emails before I am cut off from the outside world for the next week. Despite the rain, I drove to the Island in the Sky part of Canyonlands National Park. The skies gradually cleared once I reached Grand View Point and the views were just as spectacular as I had remembered them to be. After enjoying some great scenery, I headed a couple of hours south to our group's meeting place at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station. Having some extra time...

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Sep 28, 2007 - Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

The next morning we headed up towards Capitol Reef National Park to meet up with our friends Rick and Ann. Around lunch time, we passed by National Bridges National Monument, and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to drop in their to have lunch and to see what this National monument had to offer. We were entertained by a very friend park ranger at the information desk in the visitors center who not only persuaded us it was worthwhile to take the standard one hour driving tour through the monument but shared with us how he...

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Jun 18, 2006 - Sun - Natural Bridges NM

(Leaving: Moab, UT - Destinations: Natural Bridges National Monument, UT - 102 miles) 05:05 AM Rise and shine! Jo Ann gets first shower today. Then everyone else showers, we all get dressed and pack the van and get ready to hit the road. We do the breakfast thing again and it is not as crowded today. 06:55 AM We check out and are ready to roll. We get on US Hwy 191 again and head back to the south. Our first stop today will be Natural Bridges National Monument, about a hundred miles away. 07:57 AM We spot another large deer in the road. We...

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JD's Vacation 2006

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