After hiking Butler Wash, we took a nice drive to Natural Bridges National Monument. Mouthful right?
You could spend a whole day or a few hours (like we did.) You can drive through and visit the look outs, or do a few short hikes. I feel like this is a hidden gem. I'm so glad we bought our National Parks Pass last year, we've used it a ton!
We stopped at the visitor center to get our stamp in our travel journal.
I had to take a photo of this phone. It's been many years since I've seen a pay phone. I doubt my kids will ever see one in their lives again!
The park consists of three bridges. Sipapu, Kachina and Owachomo Bridge. All are Hopi names. Each have their own hike or look-out.
We made our first stop at Sipapu Bridge Look-out.
It was quite amazing. Do you know why bridges are different from arches? Look it up...it's good know.
After a quick look, we decided to eat our sandwiches in the parking lot. The kids were getting a little restless, but we packed them back in really quick. Somehow, we missed the second bridge altogether, but we made up for it by hiking to Owachomo Bridge.
It's a .2 mile (one-way) hike that was so easy, my 3.5 year old did it ALL.
I've kind of gotten used to our kids being strapped in our backs. Now, we have to slow down just a little. Plus I think it's time to invest in some hiking shoes for them.
The hike was pretty quick. Before I knew it, we had reached the bridge.
We explored all around the bridge. It was a pretty cool day, so we had all worn jackets, only to take them off when we reached the bottom because we were sweating so bad!
The views from below are pretty spectacular.
Well, they made another appearance here. The kids loved finding them.
I decided after this trip, our kids are going to sign up for rock climbing classes. They are CRAZY climbers.
Are you tired of seeing my family in shirts? I'm still not!
I loved that this hike was easy enough for Aiko to do. Even Orion (2) hiked up most of the way back.
Apparently, there is a hike that loops through all 3 of the bridges. I'd love to come back and hike the whole way, maybe one day when each child can carry their own weight.
Don't forget about our 32 Things to do in San Juan County post when planning your trip to Natural Bridges National Monument.
#TheSaltProject on your adventures! We'd love to see them!
Trail: An easy walk descends from the overlook along the rim drive. There are several sets of uneven stone steps along the trail.
Length: 0.2 mile (.64 km) one-way
Time: 30 minutes round-trip
Elevation Gain: 180 feet
Dogs are not allowed on the trail.