Sunday, March 29, 2015
Bryce Canyon--"A hell of a place to lose a cow"
This is how Ebenezer Bryce, Mormon homesteader near the canyon that now bears his name, described it. I'm not sure if I could top that for understatement. I think it can safely be said that there is no place in the world like Bryce Canyon. It is the top step of the "Grand Staircase" in the Colorado Plateau and part of the formation called the pink cliffs (there are also vermillion cliffs, white cliffs, etc. which make up other steps on the staircase). I can't really describe it, but recommend to anyone going to Utah that this park should really not be missed. We went two days, once to hike down into the canyon and explore all the overlooks, and another day to catch the sunrise. I can't say enough about the beauty and strangeness of this place. The colors and shapes of the rocks inspire the imagination. This canyon extends for miles and there are several hikes that explore different parts of the amphitheater. We took the Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden trails for about a three-hour hike.
More Bryce Photos
Two days later we got up at 6 AM and drove the 45-minutes to Bryce to catch the sunrise. We went to appropriately-named Sunrise Point and, along with about 30 other hardy souls braving the 25-degree weather, waited for the sun to show up. it was a truly awe-inspiring sight!