Tuesday, April 12, 2011

#168: Road Trip to Bryce Canyon, Utah

Alright folks, get ready for the third installment of my Road Trip to Utah trilogy... Bryce Canyon. (And in case you missed them, here are the Slots and Zion).

Seeing Bryce Canyon was one of the most breathtaking moments of my life. A lot of people just walk to the rim and take pictures, but to really experience Bryce Canyon, you have to walk down into it. The Queen's/Navajo Loop trail is the easiest way to get down there. It's a 3 mile hike that takes you through, around, and in between hoodoos of all shapes and sizes.

At the rim

The hike wasn't busy, probably because the trail was icy and muddy. Toward the middle of the hike, we went through a snow covered conifer forest. Taking a moment to pause, we rested on a toppled tree trunk. As the statuesque hoodoos peered down at us from all sides, I strained to hear something. Anything. It was pure silence, and it gave me the chills (in a good way).

For a shorter hike, check out the Mossy Cave/Waterfall hike. When we went, the mossy cave was more like an icy cave. Check it out in the pics below...

Brad's shoes toward the end of the hike
Finished the Queen's/Navajo Loop!
The Mossy Cave/Waterfall Hike
The Mossy Cave

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