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The two RV Gypsies at the Natural Bridge
in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
August 10, 2012

map of USA show where Bryce Canyon is locatedsign: Natural Bridge

sign about the Natural Bridge

Karen Duquette at the Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon, Utah
Lee Duquette at the Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon, Utah

Though the name tends to be misleading, Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches in Bryce Canyon and creates a beautiful scene at this viewpoint. This arch, sculpted from some of the reddest rock of the Claron Formation (rich in iron oxide minerals), poses a stark contrast to the dark green of the Ponderosa Forest that peeks through the arch from the canyon below.

the Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon, Utah

Geology: 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.

sign: illusion of appearance in the Natural Bridge

Bryce Canyon National Park - Menu (Index)

Please enjoy all eleven (11) view points within Bryce Canyon National Park as listed below.
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1. Sunrise Point

2. Sunset Point

3. Inspiration Point

4. Bryce Point

5. Paria View

6. Farview Point

7. Natural Bridge

8. Rainbow Point

9. Black Birch Canyon

10. ATV Tour

11. Fairyland Canyon

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