Another geologic wonder in @brycecanyonnps_gov so majestic it deserves it's own post!
We knew this was supposedly formed by a river but we looked around for a river and no luck. Baffling. We were at nearly 9000 feet on the ridge line with no rivers anywhere nearby. The area must have changed just a bit in the last million years! 😉
From the National Parks website:
"Bridges form through the erosion of rock by streams or rivers. This window or arch formed from a combination of processes. Frost wedging, the expanding of cracks in rock as water turns to ice, weakened the rock. Dissolution, the chemical dissolving of rock by rainwater, chewed away at the top and sides of this wall of rock. Finally gravity pulled loose the weakened pockets of rock at the center creating the hole you see. Thus, Bryce Canyon's 'bridges', including Natural Bridge, are spectacular examples of arches that, like the hoodoos, are constantly at risk of destruction as the forces of erosion continue to wear the rock away." Hopefully this bridge stands for many more generations to enjoy. There were signs warning people of a $100 fine if you walked on top of the bridge. Clearly (and sadly) people had broken the rules though, as evidenced by footprints in the red mud.
But not while we visited. We were the only ones there! Between being offseason, cold and almost dark, and 2/3rds of the country under stay at home orders thanks to Covid 19, this was a remarkably peaceful moment as we admired this beautiful earth structure carved by water and time. #keepperspective #solitude