Bryce Canyon for Real this Time
Since our first attempt at Bryce Canyon National Park was riddled with fog and rain, a second attempt at hiking among the hoodoos was in order. After a lovely day at Zion National Park, BC and I made our way back to Bryce.
It was amazing how much better the weather was today! It was chilly (about 40 degrees) but oh so sunny!
Our hiking plan for today was to get into the Bryce Amphitheatre (the canyon’s official name) by hiking down on Queen’s Garden Trail and back up by hiking Navajo Trail for a total of 3 miles roundtrip. The start at Sunrise Point is just gorgeous.
Immediately you descend into the hoodoos, formed by water and wind erosion, usually a fantastic orange-ish color. The hike down was great. We stopped for tons of hoodoo photos. (I like saying hoodoo- it is such a great name)
Unfortunately in this case, what goes down must come up and BC and I were a 1.5 miles down in the canyon. The hike back up on the Navajo Trail was oh-so-difficult. BC was frequency stopping to “take photos” and “adjust his backpack” and I totally encouraged it. It was a tough hike up!
There was a Chinese tourist smoking on the trail on the way back up. We passed him but I figured he is still in the canyon or got a piggy back ride up from someone else. The end of the hike up to Sunset Point made my lungs burn and my calves ache. But the views were awesome!
It was totally worth the sweat hike! I’d do it again tomorrow if I was in Bryce Canyon tomorrow. But I’m not
We drove around the park a bit to see some more sights like Natural Bridge (without all the fog this time)
No fog: Big difference!
I loved Bryce Canyon National Park and was so glad that we returned for Round 2 after Round 1 trying to take us down. If you are planning a National Park roadtrip, Bryce Canyon is one I’d include on your itinerary to see one of the United States’ natural wonders.
Reader Question: Do you prefer to get the hard part out of the way first or save it for the end? I’m definitely the type to get it over with as soon as possible!