Photographer's Note

Human history - "Repeatedly occupied and abandoned during prehistoric times, Natural Bridges was first used during the Archaic period, from 7,000 B.C. to A.D.500. Only the rock art and stone tools left by hunter-gatherer groups reveal that humans lived here then. Around A.D. 700, ancestors of modern Pueboan people moved onto the mesa tops to dry farm and later left as the environment changed. Around A.D.1100, new migrants from across the San Juan River moved into small, sincle-family houses near the deepest, best watered soils throughout this area. In the 1200's, farmers from Mesa Verde migrated here, but by the 1300's the ancestral Puebloans migrated south. Navajos and Paiutes lived in the area during later times, and Navajo oral tradition holds that their ancestors lived among the early Puebloans.
In 1883, prospector Cass Hite wandered up White Canyon from his base camp along the Colorado River, in search of gold. What he found instead were three magnificent bridges water had sculpted from stone.
In 1904, National Geographic Magazine publicized the bridges, and in 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt established Natural Bridges National Monument."
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In this view is Kachina Bridge named after the rock art found here that resemble kachina doll symbols.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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