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Curious Condors of Navajo Bridge

Curious Condors - Vermilion Cliffs

Curious Condors of Vermilion Cliffs

On a beautiful warm August afternoon we had been admiring the southern part of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument at the northern edge of Central Arizona. Such a beautiful display of colors. It was a feast for the eyes and the imagination. Luckily the road was open, as the rains from the previous days that had closed the road with automobile sized boulders being washed into the highway. The ability of water to move huge rocks is beyond amazing. The forces of mother nature are incredible. We were on the north side of the Grand Canyon and the crossings of the great canyon and the mighty Colorado river are few. Marble Canyon is one such crossing. There is a modern bridge for automotive traffic that keeps people whizzing past this fun little stop. Just to the north of the newer arch bridge is Navajo Bridge. Built in 1927-29 it spans over 800 feet and at over 460 feet about the Colorado. An impressive feat of engineering at the time to be sure. Wide enough for a single car or wagon, it is now only user for foot traffic. The Navajo bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. Continue reading