Bears Ears and Natural Bridges National Monuments

A little late in posting this one (okay, very late), but better late than never. Last March we ventured to Bears Ears and its vicinity to camp, hike, and photograph.

We spent one evening in Monument Valley, which was just a short distance from our camping location at Goosenecks State Park. We then spent a couple days around Bears Ears including a night out at Natural Bridges National Monument.

The weather was not very cooperative, between recent snow and more rain during our trip, which prevented us from getting down some roads and on some trails. On the plus side, however, the crowds were nonexistent.

A big thanks to the Friends of Cedar Mesa staff and volunteers at the Bears Ears Education Center in Bluff, UT. They were particularly helpful in sharing current road and trail conditions. Check out their other work to protect Bears Ears as well.

Here are 10 of my favorite images from the trip. While I processed many photos in color, black and white really showed off the texture of the area, from the bold contrast of the red rocks to the layers in each composition.

Monument Valley at sunset.
Light trails approaching Monument Valley.
Up the Moki Dugway, overlooking the Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears National Monument.
House on Fire, Mule Canyon.
Staring into Colorado from Bears Ears National Monument.
Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears National Monument.
Beth and Mylo enjoying the sun.
Beth staring up at the Owachomo Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument.
Jacob’s Chair.
Bears Ears National Monument.

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This was also trip #26 of my 40 by 40 challenge.

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