BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
VIEW FROM THE RIM
Sept 2007 - 54 photos
On Friday September 14th of 2007, Dale Wing and I drove down to Bryce Canyon National Park from Ogden Utah. We planned on staying a couple of days and getting lots of photos. I also planned on doing as many of the hikes as possible in the limited time we had. We arrived a little before noon on Friday and our first stop in the park was at Sunrise Point, where I planned on a hike down the lower Fairyland loop trail to see Tower Bridge, a rock monument resembling the type of tower bridges found in England. While I did that Dale walked around the upper rim trail taking photos. See the Tower Bridge hike for story and pictures.
Looking out over Bryce Amphitheater from Bryce Point Lookout - I hiked through all of that
I finished that hike in just a few hours and after lunch we decided to drive around the rim of the canyon visiting all the lookout points. The drive across the park is 17 miles, but it's more like 21 miles including all the side roads to different overlook points, and the round trip was 38 miles. It took the rest of the day to finish it. After stopping for dinner in the park, we went back to the motel in Panguitch Utah for the night.
Early Saturday morning we drove back into the park for breakfast at Ruby's Inn and then on to Bryce Point to watch the sunrise. I think we picked the best place to watch sunrise and it was awesome.
From there we went over to Sunset Point where I wanted to go down into the canyon on the Navajo trail. There are many hiking and horse trails at Bryce. The ones I was interested in were the Navajo Loop, the Queen's loop and under the rim trail from Bryce Point to see Wall of Windows up close. That trail was closed by a rockslide, so I didn't get to hike that one. What did happen was I found a trail at the bottom of the Navajo loop named Peek-a-boo loop. I decided to follow it because the map showed that it too went over to the Wall of Windows. When these trails are hiked together it's called the figure 8 hike. When the Navajo and Queen's garden are put together it makes the top circle and the Peek-a-boo loop becomes the bottom circle of the figure 8. See Bryce Amphitheater Figure 8 hike for story and pictures.
We also did one more small hike after I returned from the figure 8, it was on the Mossy Cave trail which comes into the park from highway 12 where it goes over to Tropic Utah. See the Mossy Cave hike for pictures.
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Looking north from Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon National Park
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Bryce Canyon got it's name from an early Mormon settler by the name of Ebenezer Bryce who settled on the plateau above the canyon. Neighbors took to calling the canyon Bryce's Canyon, and it's still called that today. The park is a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestone, sandstone and mudstone into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles and mazes. Collectively called "hoodoos," these unique formations are whimsically arranged and tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name. The park is full of Ponderosa pines, high elevation meadows with fir, spruce and aspen. The canyons are filled with Bristlecone pines. These live very long life spans and are some of the oldest trees around.
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Trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, 2007
Bryce Figure 8 hike, Tower Bridge hike, Mossy cave & falls
Bryce Figure 8 hike
Tower Bridge hike
Mossy cave & falls
I used a Canon EOS 20D, 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera with a Canon EFs 17-85mm wide angle to 5x zoom and a Canon EF 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens for close-up photos.
Dale used his Canon Digital Rebel Xti with the EFs 17-85mm and 100-400mm zoom lens.
Original photos were taken at aprox 3050 x 2000. These photos are set to 750 x 500 for faster loading. You are welcome to look at or download any of the photos. If you use them on any other webpage, please give credit and refer back to me.
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