Our next highlight on Wilderness Week is the Natural Bridges Park in Utah, USA. During the day, check out the incredible rock bridges carved by millions of years of erosion. At night, the park offers some of the best stargazing in the world. The lack of light pollution in this area lead to it being designated the first International Dark Sky Park.

Take a scenic drive around all three natural bridges, named Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu by the Hopi people. Sipapu is the longest at 268ft, which also makes it the second biggest natural bridge in Utah. To get a better feel for the area and its history, take the trails down in to the canyon and along to the ruins of ancient cliff top dwellings. Archaeological evidence suggests people have been living in this canyon system and using the bridges for well over a thousand years.

Stay until dark for a spectacular treat as over 15,000 stars appear in the sky. The view is particularly special by the Owachomo bridge, as the Milky Way rises behind it, appearing as a river of light. On a clear night, the starlight can be so bright it casts shadows on the ground. Bring some night vision goggles to see some unique nocturnal wildlife too, such as coyotes, bobcats, skunk and perhaps even a mountain lion.

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