A November 2005 trip
to Utah by LA guy
Quote: Natural Bridge is a small park located close to Blanding, UT. While it's not substantial enough to warrant a dedicated trip there, if you are in the area, it does offer a few attractions that will make a wonderful afternoon side trip.
On each overlook, there is a detailed poster describing the dimensions of each bridge. The three bridges are described as one of the largest in the world. We didn't have the time to embark on the trails that lead to each bridge to view them up and close. However, even from a distance, they do appear quite large. Out of the three, the Owachomo appears to be the largest as it stands by itself and doesn't lean against a canyon that obscures its true size. It also faces relatively straight toward the overlook, thus making its span easier to make out.
Also within the park is a Anasazi ruin called the "Horsecollar Ruin," named for the horsecollar appearance of the windows of the ruin. It is located a few hundred feet down the canyon, along the bank of the river. Within the grove, there are about half a dozen Anasazi structures. There is no trail leading down to the ruins. Its about a 15 minute of easy hike from the parking lot to the overlook.
As we were pressed for time and needed to get to Kayenta, we were able to finish our brief tour of the park within 1 hour, with stops along each major overlook and the short hike to horsecollar ruin.
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