Anne & Tom's Southwest Adventure travel blog

Snow on the road side

We are up high (8000+ ft)

Aspen

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Down

There were many bicycle riders

Arriving at Bryce

What a view

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Looking down

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Switchback trail

A tunnel

Narrow

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Very narrow

Trees!

A Hoodoo

At the canyon floor

Another Hoodoo

Snow!

Looks like a castle or a crown

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In awe

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Twin bridges

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Back up on another switchback

Almost at the top

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Magnificent

Steep drop

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Crumbly sand and rock

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At the top

Looking down

Our campsite


Friday

A very scenic and mountainous drive took us three hours to Bryce Canyon National Park. Here the campground had plenty of room (reservations are not taken this early in the season in most these parks, so it's first-come-first-served. We found a nice wooded campsite at 8000 ft altitude! After lunch, we drove to some of the awesome viewpoints and decided to hike the Navajo Loop trail under the rim. It was a big descent via switchbacks and another switchback ascent later - tough in the thin air of this altitude. However, it was worth it, especially to get away from the crowds on the rim. We descended into the hoodoo-filled canyons which have names like "Silent City" and "Wall Street" and ended up on the floor, or at least the first large level and wooded plateau. Incredible to be down there and looking up at the rock formations instead of down!

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