Stop 19-Bryce Canyon National Park

Stop 19-Bryce Canyon National Park

“They were similar to other rocks we’d seen in Utah, but so different at the same time!  They reminded us of chess pieces.”

The Beginning

We stayed at another Airbnb the night before heading into Bryce Canyon National Park.  We did this for two reasons: 1) so we could spend at least another half day in Zion National Park, and 2) so we wouldn’t have to wake up super early two days in a row.  Needless to say, it was a good decision no matter what the reason.

The Airbnb we stayed at reminded us of a Tiny House, so it was right up our alley.  It was just big enough to fit a bed, a little kitchenette, and a ¾ bathroom.  If it were big enough to fit a loft and a small couch, it would have been our perfect tiny house.  Plus, it was private, which is always nice!

We left early to make the hour or so drive to the park.  We had to drive around the wildfire that was just starting to get under control.  At the time, it was the biggest one in the country!

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Our campsite wasn’t too far past the park entrance, so we quickly pulled in, grabbed a spot, and admittedly took a little siesta.  But, we awoke after not too long and headed for the visitor center.  We took a look at the different hikes and decided that we wanted to do the Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop Trail.  But, we wouldn’t do that hike until the next day.

The Middle

Our first day consisted of taking the shuttle bus around the park, hopping on and off, and doing small walks to the popular viewpoints.  The rocks were unlike anything we’d ever seen.  They were similar to other rocks we’d seen in Utah, but so different at the same time!  They reminded us of chess pieces.

Bryce Amphitheater

By the time we were finished seeing all that we could see by shuttle bus, it was getting close to noon.  For us, that means lunch time!  So, we headed back to make something to quickly stuff in our faces.

After filling our bellies, we were on to the next thing.  Earlier in the day (while we were at the visitor center), we signed up for something called the Rainbow Point Tour.  It was basically a guided tour of the park beyond where the regular shuttle buses took you.  And it was FREE!

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We felt a little bit like mass tourists, traveling with a big group of people, in a decently sized bus (not as big as a charter bus, though), stopping and taking pictures at all the most popular spots.  But, it was still fun!  It was also very educating, since the guy conducting the tour knew a lot!  You could tell he’d been doing it for a while and he really loved Bryce Canyon.

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We called it a night after the tour.  We headed back to our campsite to make dinner and relax.  I think we fell asleep around 9 o’clock that night.

The End

The next morning, we woke up refreshed.  We made a quick breakfast and started our hike along the Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop Trail.  This hike was unlike any other hike we’d done.  It takes you down into a slot canyon where there are some pretty narrow spaces!  For a while, you are surrounded by huge cliffs on either side of you, and when you get to the bottom you see ginormous Douglas Fir trees that seem completely random.

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For the rest of the hike, you get to walk beside a lot of Hoodoos, some of which look like people, or icons, or animals, or anything else you can think of!

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We were pretty tuckered out after climbing back up to the top of the canyon wall, so we decided to hit the road and be on our way south to the Grand Canyon!

P.S.

That’s what’s next!  Stayed tuned for our journey at the Grand Canyon!  We are a little behind still, so sorry about that!  But, you might find more updated parts of our journey on Facebook and Instagram!


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