Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon! This was one of the most spectacular sights we saw during our road trip; I still cannot believe the beauty of Bryce Canyon! So many exclamation points!!

What makes Bryce so unique are the hoodoos (spires of rock) that stick up from the ground in shades of red, orange, and white. The hoodoos formed over years of erosion and are quite the sight to see.

We spent a few hours driving around a portion of the park, stopping at the outlooks for Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, and Sunset Point. At each stop we would walk short trails to see the the different views and colors of the hoodoos.

Our favorite stop was at Sunset Point. We got out of the car just to take a look around, but then found ourselves hiking down Navajo Loop just before sunset. The hike takes you down into Bryce Amphitheater through a slot canyon, and at the bottom you can stare in awe at giant Douglas-fir trees that reach up high toward the sky.

The hike is a 1.3 mile loop and is considered to be moderately difficult, and the park cautions hikers to be aware that more rocks fall on this trail than any other in the park. I cannot say enough, though, about how cool this hike was - I felt like I was in another time, discovering a hidden treasure of the world... seriously!

I was shocked to learn on the park's wiki page that Bryce Canyon receives fewer visitors than Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, because of the remote location. Bryce Canyon is only a couple hours away from Zion by car and it really shouldn't be missed if you are in the area!

See other Utah posts here and other National Park posts here.

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