Bryce Canyon National Park

After Zion National Park, we drove the crazy scenic road to Capitol Reef National Park, with a slight detour to drive through Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce was at 8,000 ft elevation, and temps were pretty cold there (highs in the 50’s, low in the 30’s), so we opted to just check out the park by car and head over to the lower, drier and warmer Capitol Reef NP to camp for a few more days.

Bryce’s claim to fame, is heavily eroded orange sandstone, formed into “hoodoos” or tall spires. The cliffs have a sharp edge to them in many places, and the scenic drive travels on top of the cliffs along a flat mesa, affording epic views.

Here are some pics of Bryce and our drive leading up to it and past it on the way to Capitol Reef NP:

Seen on the way to Bryce Canyon...unfortunately, it was not an ad for a veggie place, but for a steakhouse :(
Seen on the way to Bryce Canyon…unfortunately, it was not an ad for a veggie place, but for a steakhouse 😦
The drive out to Bryce Canyon was amazing...there were many miles of terrain like this...and the drive from Zion to Bryce and Capitol Reef National Parks is as pretty as the parks themselves.
The drive out to Bryce Canyon was amazing…there were many miles of terrain like this…and the drive from Zion to Bryce and Capitol Reef National Parks is as pretty as the parks themselves.
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Drive out to Bryce Canyon.
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Drive out to Bryce.
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Bryce Canyon NP.
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Looking off into the distance, from Bryce Canyon NP.
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Notice the “hoodoos” or tall eroded spires in the sandstone cliffs.
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A lonely tree…

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Bristlecone Pine tree - estimated to be 1500 years old! It looks dead, but it isn't....
Bristlecone Pine tree – estimated to be 1500 years old! It looks dead, but it isn’t….they are remarkable survivors. Even if the main trunk dies, a branch may assume the role of trunk and keep the tree going on living.
Check out the yellow line...that is a creek, lined by bright yellow Aspen Trees. The colors were remarkable during our drive through Southern Utah...the Aspens were totally lit up!
View as we left Bryce Canyon and headed to Capitol Reef NP. Check out the yellow line…that is a creek, lined by bright yellow Aspen Trees. The colors were remarkable during our drive through Southern Utah…the Aspens were totally lit up!
On the way to Capitol Reef National Park (after Bryce Canyon), we drove through the Dixie Forest, up to about 11,000ft over a mountain pass, all along the pass we had epic views of yellow Aspen fields like this. There were tons of deer all over the place as well.
On the way to Capitol Reef National Park (after Bryce Canyon), we drove through the Dixie Forest, up to about 11,000ft over a mountain pass, all along the pass we had epic views of yellow Aspen fields like this. There were tons of deer all over the place as well. As if was opening weekend of deer hunting season, we moved quickly through this area (we saw a TON of people out hunting….some doing so right from the road via ATV!).
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