Friday, March 30, 2012

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT, 3/30/12

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT, 3/30/12: On the Road Again Friday Mar. 30 touring Bryce Canyon National Park. Happy birthday wishes to our grandson, Cooper. Hope you had a great day and a terrific year ahead.

On the road at 7:45 to Sunrise Point. The hoodoos are just amazing.

Do you see the window on the left. Eventually that will erode away to an open space.

On our way to Rainbow Point we saw an antelope along the highway.
Also saw two mule deer in an open field.

The rocks have eroded away to make this "Natural Bridge.". Awesome.

Elevation 9,115 feet at Rainbow Point. Snow and chilly.

We hiked the Bristlecone Loop Trail. At this elevation and with the shade of the white fir and Douglas fir trees most of the 1 mile trail was snow covered.

But we were rewarded with more impressive rock formations.

Ankle deep in snow.

Black Birch Canyon

Ponderosa Point

Agua Point

Fairview Point

Paria View

Rock caught between two hoodoos.

A couple walked out on a precarious ledge.

Bryce Point. If here at sunrise it is said these hoodoos would look like candles with flames burning.

Grottos formed by erosion.

A larger grotto.

Ebenezer Bryce worked the land near this Canyon. He said it would be a terrible place to lose a cow.

Inspiration Point. Does it look like you have seen the same thing over and over. But this landscape is phenomenal.

It looks like a patch of concrete on top of the plateau.

We returned to our campsite at 4:00 exhausted. It was a full day. With the elevation we were huffing and puffing and sure to take it slow. Talked to many people who said the same thing. Eager for more exploring tomorrow.
Location:Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

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