Utah – Bryce Canyon National Park (2/5/15-2/7/15)

I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the colors, shapes, shadows, textures and immensity of scope I found when I opened the door to this hoodoo world.

My senses were on overload as I gazed upon this constantly shifting tapestry repainted every few minutes by nature’s light.

Queens Garden / Navajo / Peekaboo Loop Trails

How did I really feel about my first day at Bryce? 

You know sunrises are going to be spectacular when there is an aptly named viewpoint.

Prepared with a hot cup of coffee and warm layers made it easy to wait for the sun to shout good morning.  The orange ball glowed and then burst over the horizon, blasting a cascade of light on the canyon walls as it’s final hurrah.

Fairyland Loop Trail

A little video of my time in Fairyland. 

Shadows take over as the sun slinks into the western skies

Tower Bridge

So much stimulus, on overload, I found myself needing to say goodbye to this otherworldly place that’d captivated my spirit.

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Jan’s Tips:

    • Off-season visits are highly recommended to avoid the tourist buses and large crowds. This is a very small park, with the bulk of visitors gathering along the most scenic section. You’ll have a challenging time obtaining photos minus strangers if you go during peak season.
    • I stayed at the only campground open in the park in the winter, North Campground. It made for a quick easy drive after sunset and before sunrise. Another good option is Bryce Canyon City which is just a few miles up the road and has two Best Western Motels, as well as a good reasonably-priced restaurant.
    • For winter hiking, expect icy, snowy and muddy trails. The mud is clay; you’ll be messy I can guarantee it! I recommend carrying either shoe chains (i.e. Yaktrax) or microspikes (i.e. Kahtoola MICROspikes) as well as hiking poles.
    • While the vista points and rim views are superb, walking among the giants is out of this world!
    • Free water bottle refilling stations are available at many places in the park including an outdoor station at the visitor’s center.  They also have impressive solar trash compactors. Impressive!
  • Beware of planning too much time for the park. I found myself on sensual overload and found two days sufficient. Head over to Zion National Park or to Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument for a little visual recovery time.

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