After our longer than planned stay at Zion National Park due to technical issues, we had to revisit our upcoming schedule and make some tweaks. Our next planned stop was Bryce Canyon National Park, another place I tried to get to previously without success. The weather in Bryce was looking sketchy: windy, rainy with a chance of snow showers in higher altitudes. But Hector was steadfast, he insisted on stopping there, if only briefly, because he really wanted me to see the park. And once there, I realized why he was so insistent, I will always remember this place as the fairytale national park.
The drive from Zion to Bryce was uneventful. Yay! Hector wanted full hookup and he chose a park that he had stayed at on a previous visit which also happened to be the absolute closest to the park. Check out my review of Ruby’s Inn RV Park and Campground here.
Bryce Canyon National Park was established in 1928 and protects 35,835 acres. Technically, it is not a canyon but a series of amphitheaters containing the park’s most distinctive features, the hoodoos. These colorful rock pinnacles were formed by frost weathering and stream erosion.
The colors of the hoodoos change depending on the light. They have varying shades of pink, peach, red and orange with specks of white and gray, and I am quite sure other colors appear at times. And Bryce National Park has the largest collection of hoodoos in the world.
We took one of our customary sunset drives on the 18-mile scenic highway. There are thirteen viewpoints along this drive and we stopped at most of them, ending up at, of course, Sunset Point. It is one of the best views of a huge concentration of hoodoos.
We always try to find places where you can walk dogs in the National Parks, not an easy feat. At this park, as with all others, dogs are allowed in developed areas such as campgrounds and parking lots, but they are also allowed on the paved trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points. They even supply doggie bags. So I walked along on part of the trail with Angel while Hector took photos.
We were in luck; the windy, rainy, snowy weather was holding off! So the next morning we went on one of our customary sunrise outings (this time without falling down the stairs). Thankfully, it was a short drive to Sunrise Point. We did not take Angel along, she is a sleepy girl and doesn’t wake up until about 8:30 so we had a little time. And it was a lovely sunrise.
We walked along the rim to a couple of different spots and partially down one trail. The “prime” sunrise spot was crowded with a tour bus full of people, so we headed there after sunrise when most were gone.
Hector’s ankle had recovered from our short hike in Zion so we started down the Queen’s Garden Trail. We did not hike all the way down since we needed to get back to Angel for her morning walk, but it was magical.