White Canyon, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah in winter snow.

More Snow at Natural Bridges

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The Bears Ears Buttes, above Natural Bridges.

A weekend storm blasted in about a foot of snow over two or three days, depending on how you counted when the first storm started and when the second one, which was right on the tail of the first one, ended.

Mouth of Deer Canyon at White Canyon, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Mouth of Deer Canyon at White Canyon, Natural Bridges.

Lovely! Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah is an outpost. A self sufficient community. It was the first National Park Service unit to have a solar panel array installed to provide its electricity, in 1980, back when such a project was very expensive, and so was considered a pilot project.

Owachomo Natural Bridge in winter, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Owachomo Bridge from the overlook, Natural Bridges.

Thus when a big winter storm hits Natural Bridges, the power does not go out. We enjoy it.

Sipapu Natural Bridge and White Canyon, Natural Bridges National Monument, winter.

White Canyon from the Sipapu Bridge viewpoint.

Afterward, the sunny skies show the new snow coating on the canyons and buttes in all their glory. The National Park Service crew keeps the roads and walkways to the overlooks cleared for the visitors to enjoy.

Kachina Natural Bridge in winter, from the overlook, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Kachina Bridge from the overlook, Natural Bridges.

Photo location: Natural Bridges National Monument, San Juan County, southeast Utah.

© Copyright 2014 Stephen J. Krieg

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