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Near Blanding in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sipapu Bridge

 
 
Sipapu Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 11, 2010
1. Sipapu Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Several names have been given to the bridges over the years. Sipapu (Seé-pa-pu) has had at least two other names—President and Augusta—but these were later changed. Cliff dwellings and rock art in the area reminded William Douglass, the leader of the 1908 government survey, of the Hopi culture he had studied extensively in Arizona. Charged with finding "appropriate Indian names" for the bridges, he chose Sipapu, meaning "place of emergence."

Cedar Mesa, a million acre plateau encompassing the monument and surrounding area, is composed of nearly horizontal sedimentary rock layers. During the Permian Period, wind blown sands from the north and west were deposited here as dunes. Later sediments buried these dunes and with time, pressure and moisture, they became "petrified" sand, or sandstone. Today geologists label this layer the Cedar Mesa Sandstone.

Buried, then tilted and uplifted, the sandstone was slowly exposed by meandering streams which carried away the overlying sediments. These streams helped carve Sipapu and the other bridges.

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Sipapu is one of the largest natural
Sipapu Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 11, 2010
2. Sipapu Bridge
View to west-by-northwest from the marker location
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bridges in the world.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
 
Location. 37° 36.845′ N, 110° 0.271′ W. Marker is near Blanding, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker can be reached from Bridge View Drive, 1.9 miles Visitor Center Parking Lot, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located 300 feet west of the bridge parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Powell UT 84533, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bears Ears (approx. 1.4 miles away); Utah's First National Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away); Kachina Bridge (approx. 1.7 miles away); Owachomo Bridge (approx. 2.1 miles away); Salvation Knoll (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Natural Bridges National Monument. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 16, 2016.) 

2. Sipapu Bridge. National Park Service website page on the bridge. (Submitted on March 16, 2016.) 
 
Sipapu Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 11, 2010
3. Sipapu Bridge
View to northeast from trail
Sipapu Bridge from Underneath image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 11, 2010
4. Sipapu Bridge from Underneath
Sipapu Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 11, 2010
5. Sipapu Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 16, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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Oct. 5, 2022