Morning Glory Natural Bridge - Moab, Utah
Photos of a Hike in Southeast Utah's Canyon Country - January 2, 2010
|Morning Glory Natural Bridge
Morning Glory Natural Bridge is a great place to visit if you're seeking a hike outside the national parks.
This is an excellent hike! Everyone has different levels
of ability, but I consider this an "in the middle" hike.
It was long enough (approximately 2.25 miles one way) and
had pretty canyon views throughout, and yet it was not an
outrageously difficult excursion.
The destination, Morning Glory Natural Bridge, is the
sixth largest rock span in the United States, spanning 243 feet across.
If you love arches,
natural bridges and the unique geology of this region, this
trail is worth the effort.
Directions: From the town of Moab,
travel north and turn east (right) on Highway 128.
The trailhead is approximately 2-3 miles on the right,
marked as the Negro Bill Canyon Trailhead.
I am not a geology expert, but
I recently learned the difference between arches and natural bridges.
Arches are created by water eroding within the rock,
and natural bridges require a flowing stream to create them.
|Morning Glory Natural Bridge
Do you see it? Now this is a special place!
|I had difficulty finding the right angle to show how magnificent
this work of nature is.
Approaching the natural bridge, my inital thought was it did not seem very impressive,
but then as I walked directly below it ...
|... It becomes clear how spectacular and delicate this natural bridge is.
Adjacent are three photos from three slightly different angles and perspectives.
My other Moab hikes and pages:
Corona Arch Trail
Arches National Park (February 2009)
Double O Arch
Park Avenue Trail
Looking Glass Rock
|I vote this photo my best shot of the natural bridge.
It's not the greatest, and I really must return on a sunny late afternoon with blue skies. ;)
|Then I walked toward the rock wall with my back to it.
The view of the natural bridge from this point shows what a small slither of rock this is.
arches and natural bridges, only time will tell how long these creations
will hold against gravity, and thankfully,
it didn't crumble with me standing below it! :-?
|In the far corner, a creek
comes through the cracks of the wall. Somehow, this water drainage system
has played a role in the creation of this natural bridge.
|Extra Photos On The Way Back
Because the sun was in my eyes for much of the hike,
the return to the trailhead had much better lighting.
Adjacent are two photos of red rocks surrounding the canyon.
||Snow covers a large prickly pear cactus.
||LEFT: Many large icicles exist inside the canyon.
Although Moab winters are generally moderate, I happened to visit
during a very cold stretch of days. As a
I was used to it! :)
RIGHT: A vertical rock structure near the trailhead. I don't think
it has a name, but my intuition tells me it should.
It's shape reminds me of a watchman - a tall and thin watchman
with his arms underneath a robe. It looks
like he has some kind of cap on his head as well. ;)
||One awful photo of myself after the hike.
I wore my Arkansas Razorbacks sweatshirt because this was the same day as the Liberty Bowl,
in which Arkansas defeated East Carolina 20-17. Go Hogs!
| Buena Vista
| Moab, Utah
| Colorado Springs
| Western Slope
| Grand Junction
| St. Elmo Ghost Town
| Steve on Twitter
| About This Site
Copyright © www.ColoradoGuy.com - All rights reserved