Leaving Moab we popped into Natural Bridges National Monument headed for Page. There was no-one there and the bridges are more impressive than Arches National Park. The road into Monument Valley is truly extraordinary too!
Natural Bridges National Monument
You would think that after a while the Canyons and National Parks of Southern Utah would become boring, but things were just starting! Zion and CanyonLands were my favourites so far but wandering around Natural Bridges National Monument was tremendous fun as was the drive into Monument Valley.
There isn’t really much to write about the bridges and the hikes to them – they are simply very pretty bridges of Rock in a pretty little valley. It was fun to walk around and the pictures are pretty too.
Driving Through Monument Valley
Leaving Natural Bridges we headed towards Monument Valley through the forest when signs started to appear warning of a 5mph dirt road ahead with steep gradients. It didn’t really make that much sense as we were in a forest. Before we knew it we were at the canyon rim and the road started down a series of steep switch-backs to the floor. The road was different but the view in front of us was spectacular. The valley floor stretched for miles in every direction and was only punctured by towers of red rock. The horizon was shrouded in a blue haze and huge towers created an amazing skyline!
Monument Valley itself was a let down – to get into the park itself you need to pay $5 per person rather than a per charge as in every other National Park. The Navajo Indian who worked the door was seriously annoyed when we refused to pay and simply asked to turn around as well!
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