National Geographic : 1955 Sep
and the broken arm of a once mighty arch that had collapsed. As time is measured in geological formations, it had fallen only re cently, for the broken edges were little eroded. Numerous large rocks that once formed its span lay strewn over the talus slopes and on the canyon floor. Farther along we came to the second arch way, a natural bridge spanning the stream. A spur of sandstone shaped like an Indian club lies athwart the river bed. Under this the Coyote has dug a passage 68 feet wide and 38 feet high, a tiny opening compared with the thickness of the rock itself. Though small as Escalante arches go, this bridge is interesting in its own way. Nature appears to have been undecided just how to fashion it. Around the opening is an arching band of rock more resistant to erosion than the upper parts of the wall, giving it the appearance of a huge culvert thrust through the spur. We camped for the night on a sandy flat just around the bend from Coyote Natural Bridge. Spoiled by city life for camping under the open sky, I lay awake in my sleep ing bag listening to the clank of the bell on our lead mule and the snorting of the hobbled horses grazing among the bushes. The sounds seemed louder than the many noises of a city. A full moon shone like a searchlight in my eyes. Next morning, just below Coyote Natural 4 A Long-forgotten Indian Painted These Bold Symbols in Davis Gulch The artist used the wall of a deeply cut alcove as his canvas, thus preserving his pictographs from de struction by wind and water. On similar high ledges Indians built stone and adobe granaries. + The Escalante River always runs mud-red; not even the horses would drink from it. The party sought side streams, springs, and rain-water pools like these for its water supply. Sandstone surfaces throughout the area are humped and pitted from uneven erosion.