Bryce Canyon National Park – Part One

The third day of our Utah trip took us out of Zion and on to Bryce Canyon National Park, which is about a two hour drive from Zion.  The drive between the parks is amazingly scenic, and we stopped quite a bit to take pictures and admire the scenery.  This was also the morning that we SAW A BIGHORN SHEEP and he was amazing and we loved him.

Even though the two parks aren’t really that far apart, the elevation and the rock changed considerably.  The sandstone of Zion changed into more crumbly limestone in Bryce.  We learned about the famous hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, which are all of the neat looking rock formations.  The majority of our afternoon was spent doing a hike down into the canyon and then back out with a total elevation change of about 600 feet.  Coming back up was pretty brutal!  However, it was completely worth it to walk amongst the hoodoos!

These pictures are from our scenic drive and from our hike into the hoodoos!

DSC_7787Zion Sunrise, Springdale, 2015

DSC_7825Red Rock, Hwy 89, 2015

DSC_7830Power Tree, Hwy 89, 2015

DSC_7859Bighorn Sheep, Hwy 89, 2015

DSC_7866Checkerboard Mesa, Hwy 89, 2015

DSC_7869Cliffs Near Checkerboard Mesa, Hwy 89, 2015

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DSC_7904Iconic Arch, Hwy 89, 2015

DSC_7911Bryce Canyon from the Rim, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

DSC_7924Hoodoo Detail, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

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DSC_7947Julie, Rukku, and a Hoodoo, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

DSC_7952Hoodoorific, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

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DSC_7982Woodpecker, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

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DSC_7997Perspective, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

DSC_8003Leaning Tree, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

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DSC_8006Texture, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

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DSC_8010Queen’s Castle, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

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DSC_8016Queen’s Garden, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

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DSC_8031Into the Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

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DSC_8067Hoodoorama, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2015

My next post will include the scenic drive through Bryce Canyon, sunset and sunrise at Inspiration Point, and various wildlife of the park!

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