Winter Sun, Natural Bridges

White Canyon and Deer Flat cliffs from Natural Bridges National Monument

Deer Flat Cliffs above White Canyon.

A January morning at Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah. A few days after the latest snow storm, so the mesa tops and high ridges were freshened up. I like that. I hate to see the white stuff melt, although I am looking forward to spring just the same.

Henry Mountains from Natural Bridges

The Henry Mountains from Natural Bridges, long lens.

As usual at this time of year, I had the Bridge Loop Drive road all to myself at sunrise. Me and one of the park’s maintenance workers doing his morning rounds. The National Park Service employees here really keep Natural Bridges looking so good.

Along the loop drive, there are a few spots where you can see part of the Henry Mountains on the far horizon. The Henrys are about 90 miles west of Natural Bridges, west of the Colorado River and Glen Canyon. Way over near Hanksville and Ticaboo, Utah.

Sunrise on Cedar Mesa Sandstone rim of White Canyon.

Sunrise on Cedar Mesa Sandstone rim of White Canyon.

Not enough time that morning to hike down to any of the bridges, not even Owachomo Bridge, the easiest one by far. I was merely making use of the early morning to enjoy what I could. And I did.

Moss Back Butte from Natural Bridges.

Moss Back Butte from Natural Bridges.

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