18 October: Bridges

We took the long way around over Bluff from the Gooseneck S.P. to the Natural Bridges National Monument (75 miles).
We needed to dump, propane and water. We hoped to do/get this in Bluff.
In Bluff we could gas up and get water at the gas station for free. For propane and dump we were referred to one of the local campgrounds.
There nobody was in the office, only a sign with a phone number. As in an earlier post mentioned AT&T is not available in the Navajo reservation, so we could not call.
Thinking we could stay and therefore dump at the aforementioned monument and we could always use our gas bottle through the extended stay connection, we drove on.

We drove through a really fascinating landscape, which is hard to describe. Again one picture says more than thousand words.
                           

The Monument has a campground, just one site was available when we arrived, but no dump station. We decide to return to the Gooseneck S.P. after our visit.
The short documentary film shown in the Visitor center gives a really good inside in the park and in the genesis from the Natural Bridges.
While driving the loop through the Monument we stopped at every opportunity (viewpoint) there was, to have a look at the bridges.
At the Sepapu bridge we hiked down into the canyon. A nice trail with some narrow, some steep passages and several stairs and Indian style ladders.
At the bottom of the canyon we entered a complete different world. On the rim the landscape is arid with scrub. On the bottom it is green with trees and a small stream.
              

Back to the Gooseneck S.P. we took the short route over the 261 (28 miles), called Moki Dugout. This road has a narrow gravel part (2.5 miles) with steep grades (10%) and three or four switchbacks. Some passages are really narrow, passing another car is hardly possible.
But the view is magnificent, while descending into the Valley of the Gods.