I was thinking recently of our camping trip through Utah and realized I never shared any photos of Bryce Canyon in a proper post. Bryce was particularly memorable because we camped here in ten degree weather. Ten degrees! Icicles on the inside of our trailer! It is this very cold and icy weather, plus erosion, that helps form the interesting geology in the National Park. The red, orange, and white hoodoo views were spectacular and the hikes warmed us up. There are too many vistas to share so I just picked some of my favorites to show you.
The park skirts along the Colorado Plateau and the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is higher in elevation than Zion, @ 8-9000 feet, which makes it cooler. (Not cool like a 16 year old but cool like a snowman.) The park is humongous covering 35,835 acres. There is an 18 mile loop drive that can take you around a good representation of the park providing drivers some spectacular vistas. But, those who have the time and the legs for it should definitely choose a few of the hikes, short or long, so they can experience the canyon from below.
If you are lucky enough to stay nearby or camp in the park do yourself a favor and be up for sunrise and around for sunset. The shadows play on the rocks in glorious fashion.
We didn’t have enough time to visit Zion sadly! Has anyone been there? Do you have a preference over Bryce? Or are they both beautiful and you don’t choose one over the other?
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