|Dead Horse State Park|
You won't find any horses here, dead or alive. An active legend tells of a wild horse round up where horses not wanted were left to die on the point. Today, this legend is not believed to be true though the story is still told around campfires.
Canyon Lands offers a view with each bend of the road.
While at Dead Horse Point and again at Canyon Land we visited with a brother and sister who were taking a road trip together traveling by jeep. The had just finished a beautiful off road trail that they traveled on the way to Gemini Bridges. They pointed the road out at the bottom of the canyon in the in the picture below.
Another view through the Mesa Arch with the LaSal mountains in the distance. I became obsessed with taking pictures of the La Sal Mountains from every possible viewpoint with an ever varying views of scenery. What awesome props for pictures the mountains make!!
As we were leaving Canyon Lands National Park, I noticed a small sign pointing the way to Gemini Bridges. Before I knew it, the truck was on its way to a new adventure. At first the road was nice and smooth and level. That of course had to change as we dropped down into the canyon on switch backs.
Gemini Bridges are natural bridges that are formed from water breaking through the stone leaving an arch type formation. Arches are formed when gravity causes the stone to break away forming the arch to form.
It is so easy to get in touch with what it must have been like to have been early explorers seeing this beautiful country for the first time.
Coming around each bend, it is difficult to anticipate what you will see or what the road will be requiring of you. I kept asking myself "What have you gotten yourself into?"
It was a kidney jarring, back busting, brain scrambling experience. Most of the last section had to be traveled at 5 miles per hour.
The road can be seen below as it circles around the bluff before it drops down to the highway near the Arches National Park.