Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is a unique place full of breathtaking landscapes and natural beauty. Entering Bryce Canyon National Park is not free, a vehicle cost is $25 or a per person fee is $12 (each valid for 7 days). The park road is well paved and easily navigated. There are 14 scenic viewpoints along the 18-mile one-way drive. You can take a shuttle but it doesn’t make all the stops. I decided to take the car as I was short on time and wanted to hike a lesser-known slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument later in the day. The first three view points I stopped at show the most famous part of the park, the Bryce amphitheater.
Short on time I didn’t make it through all 14 viewpoints of the park. These are some highlights from the ones that I did make it to.
The forest trees reminded me more of fall than summer, with the leaves showing lots of color.
Driving through the park loop deer were spotted several times. These are actually pronghorn, and were surprisingly not afraid of the vehicle. You should be be extra cautious while driving through park, there’s lots to see and nobody wants to end up in an accident.
At many of the view point stops there were little Utah prairie dogs and squirrels hanging around expecting food. Despite their cuteness you should not feed wildlife.
It took around a 3 hour tour time to stop at each of the view points on the road. As much as I love hiking and wanted to get out and explore more of Bryce Canyon’s nature trails there just wasn’t enough time to stay. The views were amazing (especially Inspiration Point) and well worth the time to drive around. You could easily spend an entire day hiking one of the trails and enjoying the outdoors inside this park.
Even though I didn’t have time to do any extra hiking at Bryce, my friend at Sam’s Playground did, he also took some great photos – check it out Bryce Canyon in a day.