No this post is not about the musician George Thorogood, although I do like his song “Who do you love“.
This post is all about Bryce Canyon National park with those strange but awesome formations, the hoodoos.
What are hoodoos? For those who have never witnessed them in person, they are a sight to see. Very unique formations. As the National Park Service website describes them; “Hoodoos are tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and “broken” lands”. In the northern part of the park the hoodoos are the most abundant of any place in the world.
For more information on hoodoos click on this link from the National Park Service
Many people have asked, what was your favorite of the trip? I always answer, I could not pick one place but there are ones that stand out. Bryce Canyon is one such place for many reasons.
*Note: This list is in no particular order
1. The campgrounds
They rank number one on my list of best campgrounds on our 6 week long trip. Each site was spacious. The bathrooms were very modern including energy-saving lights. Each of the restroom buildings included a small wash room with a double sink and a counter to dry dishes. This may not seem like a big deal but when you are tent camping this little perk is invaluable. Dish time was much easier at Bryce because of this detail.
At Bryce the campgrounds usually fill up by early afternoon during the summer months. We left Moab by 8:30 a.m. to make it to Bryce before all of the sites were taken. When we arrived at 1 pm only 6 remained. In less than an hour the remaining sites were full.
This guy and several others would scurry about our campsite looking for food left behind. They were quite the opportunistic little fellows.
2. The General store
This was the most well equipped general store that we found on our trip. They had a little of everything you could need while camping in Bryce. As a matter of fact we did not have to leave the park for supplies in the 4 days we were there. Firewood, vegetables, camp supplies, snacks, and much more were all available at a very reasonable price. To top it off they had delicious micro-brews for $1.50 a bottle. The general store also housed nice clean showers and laundry facilities. It felt like we were staying at a nice outdoor hotel with plenty of creature comforts. The best part of the general store they had #3!
3. The ice cream
I know I started this post talking about Hoodoos and now I’m listing ice cream as a reason Bryce Canyon is so wonderful. What? The general store sold the best ice cream I have ever tasted! Another reason I could have stayed forever. What could make this even better? The price. For a $1.25 a cone you could pile the ice cream as high as you wanted. Believe me after a long hike this was a fantastic treat along with a delicious cold beer. I joked about moving into the park, they had everything I could want. :-)
That’s me about to dive into my delicious ice cream. Only one of those is mine, although I could have eaten both. Thanks to Shane for taking this photo.
4. The hikes
In a word, stunning. We enjoyed the Queens Garden, Navajo Loop and the Peek-a-boo loop trails. The beauty of Bryce can be appreciated from the top but hiking into Bryce gives you a whole new perspective as the view changes dramatically as you descend. Hikes here are the reverse of mountain hikes. Save your energy for the climb out.
Triston looking back, waiting on Amanda, she is in blue.
One of the many zigzags needed to reach the top. Otherwise your climb out would have been a steep slope up. Triston and Amanda are in gray to the left of this photo.
Another perspective of the climb out.
Horseback riders along the trail give a nice perspective.
As do Triston and Amanda in this shot.
5. The night sky
Due to its location, Bryce is known for its night sky. Sadly, we did not get the chance to fully experience this. In the four days we were there the moon was full and the sky was overcast every evening. However, we had a small peek at the night sky one evening and it was beautiful.
6. Meeting a fun couple from the Netherlands
Part of travel is the joy of meeting new people from all over the US and the world. On our last night at Bryce Canyon we had the privilege of enjoying the evening around a campfire with Leon and Sita. Triston & his girlfriend made s’mores for them, which they had never had. They shared their beers with us and we swapped stories about our lives. It was such an enjoyable evening spent under the stars learning about the differences in our two countries and cultures. (I am pretty sure we were the last group up). They were early on in their spectacular 4 month trip through the US and South America. We just happened to cross paths. What a fun evening spent with such a great couple. Check out their travels on their blog.
A great shot of Leon and Sita from Shane’s phone.
7. The hoodoos
Back to what I started this blog with. The hoodoos are really quite amazing. Therefore I will let the pictures do the talking.
Bryce Canyon was an amazing place and with plenty of time to explore, it was difficult to narrow down the photos to share on this blog. Here are a few more.
A storm approaching while on one of our hikes. At this point my son was saying “come on mom, enough photos we need to get moving”. :-)
Fond memories of this wonderful place.
Up next: Our adventures hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon