On my way to Bryce Canyon I drove through Red Canyon National Forest, which is full of deep colored red rock, which was pretty amazing to see. It reminded me of Sedona, AZ, but on crack. There was also a pretty cool drive-though which they say is natural, but it definitely appeared as if they did some work on it to widen it for a road. Very cool sights here that are worth a stop.
Bryce Canyon National Park was one of my favorite stops on the trip. It took the entire day, but I drove through all 40 miles of the park. There are some pretty awesome hikes here, but mainly you just stop at numerous view points along the road to look out on the crimson-colored hoodoos, and spire-shaped rock formations. They are all pretty amazing, and I stopped at every single area.
As for hikes, I was able to hike part of the Navajo Loop Trail out to ‘Wall Street,’ but then headed back. I also wanted to do the Thor’s Hammer hike, but as you can see from the pictures, the weather was pretty threatening. Similar to Capitol Reef, you don’t want to be caught in the valleys if a storm hits. While not as dangerous as Capitol Reef, you’re warned that they do fill up with water and you can be washed away if you’re in the wrong areas.
If I had to suggest one thing to do in Bryce it would be to ‘hike’ you way up to Upper Inspiration Point. It’s more of a walkway up to it, rather than a hike, but the view is so beautiful. It’s steep as all shit, and I was panting like a bitch once I got to the top, but it was so worth it. Thankfully there was another solo loser like myself at the top, so we were able to take pics for each other. Very cool park to see, so don’t bypass it and head straight for Zion. It’s worth taking a day to do the entire thing.
One additional thing to note… if you’re not use to high elevations you’ll want to take it easy and not overextend yourself. I became so sick after the day here that I had to make a trip to the emergency room and was suffering from elevation sickness and exhaustion. They said it was a combination of the past hikes, combined with the elevation of Bryce (over 10,000ft above sea level, if I remember right), but still… it took a lot out of me. I was out of commission for 2 days afterwards, and it pretty much effected the rest of my trip, and which hikes I was able to do. More on that later!