Monday, October 20, 2014

Family Time: Ayres Natural Bridge Park- Wyoming

T'was a beautiful day of our visit to the Ayres Natural Bridge Park, not far from where we live here in Wyoming. What a perfect time to be out and about before the weather starts to drop again. The sky was so blue, the leaves have turned golden yellow, and the weather was just right. We didn't have to wear our coats or long sleeves and the warmth of the sun felt really good. It was a gorgeous autumn in Wyoming. 

The Ayres Natural Bridge Park is not a big place, but it is absolutely beautiful. Who would have thought that an area like this actually existed in the middle of nowhere? We didn't know until then. From the looks of it from the interstate, you can't really tell that a piece of sanctuary does exist in this area. The park is surrounded by red rocks and water, there are several picnic areas under the shade of trees, there are a couple of playgrounds, hiking trails, fishing areas, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, public restrooms and one accessible for handicap only.  And if you feel like taking your RV and camp out, they also have a designated area by the water and by the natural bridge. What a lovely setting! The entrance is free and no pets allowed. Or else you will be charged if you don't follow the park's rules and regulations. Respect the park! 

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Parking Lot

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(This angle of the Natural Bridge looks kind of like a huge ship)

You want to know a fascinating story about this area?  For the Indians who first lived in this country, they thought that the natural bridge was home to an evil spirit. It may be a beautiful place, but for them, it was a deadly zone. This legend began when a brave Indian had been struck by lightning and killed while hunting. The Indians were afraid of this area and would not even come to this place. When white settlers learned about it, they used the bridge as their place to camp or escape from Indian attacks. 

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Watch out for those nasty poison ivy! 

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Look up and admire the beautiful sky. That golden yellow color against the blue sky is gorgeous! I love the beautiful colors of nature. 

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I am glad we made it this year because the place will be close next month. Next time, we are bringing some lunch with us for a picnic and our kids can enjoy some more water time in the shallow water of the LaPrele Creek. What a hidden gem off of the highway. 


Next time you happen to be around the area, don't forget to check out the Ayres Natural Bridge Park. The place may be small, but it is a well-managed park. It is a perfect place for those who are photo enthusiasts or just looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to be in. You won't be disappointed. It is worth the drive. Ayres Natural Bridge Park is one of Wyoming's Pride! 


Location: 448 County Road 13, Douglas, WY 82633
Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. April – October 

18 comments:

  1. Wow, what a beautiful place to spend a day with the family. It's a great way to make new memories!

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  2. How beautiful! You can't beat mother nature for amazing sights. I love the bridge, and the water... so beautiful.

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  3. Wow, this is such a beautiful natural bridge. From the angle of that one photo, it definitely looks like it's a ship.

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  4. Wow! I definitely have to make a visit! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

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  5. Those are gorgeous pictures! wow!

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  6. Wow, there's a place that makes you feel humble and grateful. What a beautiful group of pictures! I bet it was even more amazing in person.

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  7. What a cool natural bridge.. I don't think i've seen one before!!

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  8. What a beautiful place to visit! You got some great shots!

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  9. The rock formations are gorgeous...we don't really have anything like that around where I live..there is a nice waterfall area that I'd like to see one of these days...but nothing like what you've shown here.

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  10. I loooove Wyoming! These are gorgeous photos!!!

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  11. This place is AMAZINGLY beautiful - I need to get back out to Wyoming soon!

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  12. What a beautiful park! And GORGEOUS pics!!!

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  13. Nature trekking is very nice and enjoyable to do. I love being with nature.Wonderful photos sis.

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  14. That Wyoming natural park is so gorgeous!

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  15. Wow.. what a gorgeous park. Thanks for sharing those great photos.

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  16. The colors are just completely spectacular! Combined with the transitioning leaves, it's even more exquisite.

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