Near Blanding in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
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.
Sipapu is one of the largest natural bridges in the world.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 36.845′ N, 110° Touch for map. Marker is located 300 feet west of the bridge parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Powell UT 84533, United States of America.
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.)
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans •
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