This is going to be a short and sweet blog post – because, frankly, we didn’t spend a lot of time in Bryce Canyon. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth taking at least a couple of days to explore – I’m sure it absolutely is!
As mentioned in my last blog post, we didn’t make the trip over to Bryce Canyon until the evening of our last day spent in Zion National Park, after photographing sunset and grabbing dinner. Because of that, we hit the highway in the dark, and arrived at Bryce Canyon in the dark, completely unaware of the beauty that was all around us that we would discover the next day.
After dodging many desert deer on the hour-and-a-half drive, we struggled in the dark to find an empty place to camp. There are two campgrounds at Bryce Canyon National Park – North Campground, and Sunset Campground. Sunset Campground is closed from mid-October through mid-April, so by process of elimination we chose the North Campground.
It was cold at Bryce Canyon. Really cold. Probably about -6 C when we arrived after 10 pm. Bryce Canyon is much higher in elevation than Zion, by about an additional 1,000 feet. Therefore, the weather in Bryce can be drastically different than in Zion. Make sure to bring some warm clothes if you’re stopping over here in the winter!
We settled into our makeshift “camper truck” for a super quick sleep before waking up to photograph sunrise and continue on our Utah road trip journey.
Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon, but a collection of giant amphitheatres along the Eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. You’re probably familiar with hoodoos – well, Bryce Canyon, is full of these, and they are created by frost weathering and steam erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks! Pretty cool right? They’re red, orange, pink and white in color, and I found them absolutely fascinating, albeit slightly eerie.
There are many places to watch sunrise at Bryce Canyon. We chose Bryce Point, a short drive from our campground.
Words can’t describe the views, so this blog post is now going to turn into a photo post….
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