Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – American Road Trip (pt31)
Sept 26, 2015. Day 48 of my American Road Trip.
Bryce Canyon National Park has the largest collection of Hoodoos in the world. Yes, hoodoos. I just learned the word myself and they’re just as interesting as their name. They are corrosion formed; odd-shaped pillars of bright sandstone that stretch for miles in Bryce Canyon.
Like Capitol Reef earlier in the day, this is another park that I highly recommend for at least a half-day visit to make the scenic drive and experience some of Utah’s amazing landscapes.
When you enter the park, you’re in the Bryce Amphitheater region, host to many of the most popular viewpoints, picnic areas, horseback riding and a majority of the parks facilities. Throughout the park you can find campgrounds and hiking trails of various difficulties.
One nice thing about Bryce Canyon is the daily shuttle bus that takes you to over 10 locations in the Bryce Amphitheater area. It’s perfect for those that don’t want to deal with traffic and only hit the park’s most popular spots. During the summer, there is also a Rainbow Point Tour covering the entire park. Of course I didn’t take it, but thought I’d mention it.
When I arrived, I didn’t have a clue as to what I should see or where I should go. I skipped the Visitor Center because I was short on time and decided to use my Trip Advisor app to search out the best places to see. It didn’t disappoint.
I decided to go to Bryce Point first and was greeted by a full parking lot of cars, buses and people. After walking a few minutes down the trail, I could see why. There were spectacular views of hoodoos and open landscape for miles and miles. This was my favorite stop in the park.
Rainbow and Yovimpa Points
Rainbow and Yovimpa view points were my next stops. They are conveniently located at the bottom of the park and the 38 miles scenic drive. I thought I’d blaze a trail to the bottom and work my way back up to catch the spectacular sunset at Sunset point. Sounded like a good idea at the time.
Agua Canyon & Natural Bridge
On my way back north, I stopped by Agua Canyon and Natural Bridge. At this point in the trip, I was becoming a little arch saturated, but views at Agua Canyon made the stop worthwhile.
Sunset Point was my last planned stop in Bryce Canyon. Thinking back, I guess I should have known the parking lot would be full during a summer sunset. As I arrived, Park Rangers were directing people to turn around. If you’re making your way to either Sunrise or Sunset Point’s, I highly recommend you get there well before it’s namesake occurs. Based on the parking lot, I’d say it’s well worth it
Although, I only had a few hours in Bryce Canyon, I’m definitely glad I made the stop and effort to drive the length of the park for the most popular viewpoints. Next to Canyonlands, I’d say Bryce Canyon had the best long distance views of my National Park visits. The Hoodoo’s didn’t hurt either. With Bryce Canyon in the bag, I was on my way to Zion National Park and the last stop on my 50 day American Road Trip.
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