Experiencing our National Parks is a top priority for us in this nomadic life. Finally, we have arrived at our first one since leaving Oregon!
Bryce Canyon! Hoodoo Heaven! What a gorgeous display of natural forces working to form breathtaking scenes.
In total, we made 4-5 trips into the park during our week stay in Panguitch. First stop was the visitor center to get our national park passport book stamped and grab a few mementos for the grand kids.
Next up, we scoped out all the viewpoints and trail heads all the way to the south end of the park at Rainbow Point. Patricia used this recon time to determine where she wanted to set up for photography.
Throughout the next few days we made several trips into the park for a combination of sunrise/sunset photo shoots, hiking and some geocaching. We hiked two shorter loop trails leaving the longer hikes for another time. The Bristlecone Pine trail at the south end of the park showcased the tenacious survival skills of bristlecone pine. The Navajo Loop trail showcased many of the park’s famed hoodoo’s such as Thor’s Hammer and Silent City along with a narrow canyon scramble called Wall Street.
We vow to return and do some of the longer hikes and explore deeper into the canyon.
In addition to the main attraction, Bryce Canyon, we ventured into other nearby attractions:
Mossy Cave Trail and waterfall near Tropic, UT (which btw has a pizza place with a pretty darn good gluten-free crust option!)
Red Canyon on the way to Bryce Canyon from Panguitch.
Panguitch Lake scenic drive for fall color.
Ah, fall color! This will drive our next move…..to Colorado!