After the Little Painted Desert, the landscape changes to the beginning of the Vermillion Cliffs. It’s more gorgeous scenery.
Once we get to the “official” section of the Vermillion Cliffs, the National Monument portion, we also come to Navajo Bridge, the bridge that spans the Colorado River on this section of Highway 89A. It’s high at 700+ feet and the view from the pedestrian bridge alongside the highway bridge is spectacular. Colorado, which means red, doesn’t apply here. The water is a gorgeous emerald green flowing through the steep rock walls on both sides.
The scenery just before Navajo Bridge
I see an odd looking buzzard and am unable to get him photographed as the wide metal walkway has high security fences and while I was able to photograph the river through security fence of the walkway, capturing a moving target proved impossible. It’s a vulture of some kind with large sturdy beak for ripping carrion and a strip of white on the upper side of its wings.
These photos, below, are the “official” beginning of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, with electrical wires we forget there civilization out here.
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