Road Trip to Bryce Canyon

In my previous blog I catalogued the first part of a road trip I took with my mom through the Sierras and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in California. After we departed from the Bristlecone Pines, we traveled towards Utah and our next destination: Bryce Canyon.

I have traveled to a few national parks in the Southwest (I’ve previously blogged about Canyonlands, Arches and the Grand Canyon) but I had not been to Bryce Canyon yet. Bryce Canyon was absolutely jaw-dropping. It’s such a different and unique place from the other national parks I’ve been to. The spire-shaped formations in the rocks of the canyon are called hoodoos and are a result of erosion. They make Bryce Canyon stand out from anything I’ve ever seen before. The bright red of the rock contrasting against the blue of the sky in truly incredible. There are several trails that you can take around and down into the canyon. We walked around part of the Rim Trail and saw Bryce Canyon from above at the Sunrise and Sunset points. We also hiked partially down into the canyon so we could see some of the hoodoos up close. I would highly recommend the Sunset and Sunrise points; these trails are paved and great for beginners. There are also easier hikes (like the one we did) down into the canyon or partially down into the canyon. Check out Bryce Canyon’s website to learn more and plan your visit! Photos of our incredible visit to Bryce are below.

IMG_7046IMG_7045IMG_7057Here you can get an idea of how far down the trails go into the canyon.

IMG_7092The hoodoos stretch as far as the eye can see in Bryce.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis tree looked like it was standing on its tippy toes!IMG_7055

After we left Bryce Canyon we started driving towards Colorado and traveled through part of Capitol Reef National Park on the way. I would love to spend more time in Capitol Reef in the future as it was also breathtaking and has lots of incredible rock formations. Below are a few photos I captured of the park.

IMG_7060IMG_7061The clouds were amazing in Capitol Reef.IMG_7068

This was such an amazing adventure and by far the best road trip I’ve ever been on. If you are looking for a great road trip (several days in length and covering lots of ground), I would highly recommend driving through the Sierras, Bristlecones, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef.