Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

We’ve spent the last 2 days at here at Bryce Canyon, at 8,000 ft it is a lovely respite from the heat that is starting to permeate the lower elevations of southern Utah.    This high elevation also gives us a clear phone signal and internet, so we have been trying to get caught up on postings.    

Bryce Canyon in all it's glory

Bryce Canyon in all it’s glory

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Fallen pine tree

The first thing we did when we got here was to hike the Rim Trail, which overlooks the main amphitheater of Bryce Canyon.   It’s a beautiful trail with outstanding views around every corner, and even though we are at the peak of tourist season, we were almost always alone.  The weather was great, not too hot and storm clouds forming in the distance keep us from dawdling too long.

Natural Bridge Arch

Natural Bridge Arch

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Today we decided to take a horse/mule ride into the canyon below, something we had done 25 years ago and still had very fond memories off.    Why not let the mule do all the work so you can sit  and sightsee?  Instead of the half day trip that we had done previously,  this time we elected to just do the 2 hour ride.  We still went down to the canyon floor, but didn’t get quite as far into the hoodoos as before.   It was still fun and considering that it has become very windy again and therefore very dusty, it was long enough.

Howdy Pardner!

Howdy Pardner!

It was 1000 ft of switchbacks down into the canyon below.

It was 1000 ft of switchbacks down into the canyon below.

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7 responses to “Bryce Canyon National Park

  1. What a beautiful picture of Bryce Canyon – my new desktop! Hope you guys are having fun. Where to next?

    • sunandsandtravelers

      Working our way slowly north toward Capital Reef with a few stops in between. Did you go to Bryce when you did your tour of Utah?

  2. Now I really am jealous. Bryce is one of my favorite places, the lousy lodge food notwithstanding. The views, which you have very nicely illustrated, are some of the best. Feet up on the cabin porch with a drink, the long walk from Bryce Point to Sunrise, or a ride in the antique touring bus (do they still have them?) are all great memories. I hope you enjoyed Bryce as much! By the way, Leonard looks like he has actually put on a few…

    • sunandsandtravelers

      Didn’t see the antique touring buses in action, I think they use them for special occasions only. You’re right about the food at the lodge, it was probably the worst of all the lodges we’ve been to, and no view either. Such a surprise.

  3. Matthew John Fields

    Did you promise the Donkey’s that you would take them for a ride in the Dear Old Jeep since they took you for a ride!?!? That Jeep is multi-purpose I am told!

  4. Enjoying your blogs and so, so jealous! Dreamt recently you were already home and you and I both returned to work at the cath lab! Needless to say, I awoke in a cold sweat!!

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