Wyoming August 05, 2016
This Hidden Natural Bridge In Wyoming Will Take You A Million Miles Away From It All
Even in a state as vast and rugged as Wyoming, there are still times when escaping into a secluded space is just the thing to revive our spirits. If you’ve yet to visit Ayers Bridge, it’s a trip that will provide just that. Not only is the bridge located in a beautiful 150-acre park, it’s also a unique geological feature that took millions of years to form.
Located in Converse County lies a 150-acre stretch of land between Douglas and Glenrock. The Ayers Natural Bridge Park is, of course, named after the spectacular rock formation that appears as a natural bridge over LaPrele Creek.
This creek, formally known as Bridge Creek, eroded away the solid rock. This process took millions of years to form the impressive 30-ft high and 50-ft wide opening. This photograph shows the view of the LaPrele Creek from the bridge.
And while the waters may appear peaceful and tranquil, Native Americans who lived nearby considered this to be a haunted site after a hunter was struck by lightning and killed. The settlers passing through took advantage of this information and used the bridge as a hideout.
The site is just one mile south from the Oregon Trail, and was considered to be the first tourist attraction in Wyoming. Pioneers traveling westward would often stop to marvel at this spectacular formation.
Visiting the park is free of admission. There's also a great campsite on the property complete with picnic areas and covered tables. Those who register are welcome to stay overnight in this tranquil setting, and the grounds are open from the beginning of April until the end of October.
Whether you've got an afternoon or a whole weekend to spend at Ayers Bridge Natural Park, you'll be in for a unique getaway that won't soon be forgotten.
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