Bryce National Park was not on our original itinerary. I’m not sure why it wasn’t since we all wanted to go there. A few weeks ago, we realized that we would be somewhat close, so a few little changes later…..presto, here we are! And boy, we’re glad we made the change! What a stunning, glorious place!
Our first day there, we stopped first at Sunrise Point and hiked as little way to the lookout point – it took our breath away and it was just the beginning! From there, Howie hiked another 1/2 mile to Sunset Point while I chose to hike the trail down into the canyon. I think I was able to get the better shots, but I have to tell you, going down was hard but coming up again nearly killed me! It didn’t help that I was wearing sandals and didn’t have any water with me, not to mention that I’m not really in shape! But…..it was worth it!
This is the path I took into the canyon – please note the absence of guardrails! But I couldn’t help continuing as there were amazing sights around every bend – I kept thinking, what goes down, must go up but it was just so beautiful!!
This is where I stopped my descent into the canyon….the picture shows the steep switchbacks and I was already about 1/2 mile down. I knew I needed to turn around if I was going to make it back up to the top!
The next day we drove to a few other lookout points, including Inspiration Point, the Natural Bridge, elevation 8627, and Rainbow Point, named for all the color.
That night Howie and I went back into the park after dark to do some star gazing. It was a bit creepy at Bryce Point where the stars shine the brightest due to the complete darkness but we did see a breathtaking sight….we were easily able to find the few constellations we were familiar with including the Milky Way!
Our recommendation?? If you ever have the opportunity, take your Happy Trail directly to Bryce Canyon!!!