Bryce Canyon National Park may be a busy park but is worth the effort for it truly is a geological wonder. The pink, yellow, white and orange spires of rock, hoodoos, are just amazing as they stand there. Mother Nature really has done some sweet magic here. There are even some rock arches that are really neat, just make sure you visit Bryce before Arches National Park, otherwise you might not think highly of these arches. There are many hikes to do in Bryce, with the majority of them heading below the rim. The hike that we decided to do is the Rim Trail hike, from Bryce point to the North Campground. This is a one way 5 km hike along the rim of Bryce Amphitheater. We took the shuttle to Bryce point, so we could then pick up the shuttle in the North Campground and not have to worry about our car. This trail is roughly at an altitude of 2500 meters so take your time, for some of us coast dwellers this is a big change. The trail is well marked and is mostly level for the entire time, there is even some shade at times. With the many viewpoints on the way, this trail will take you 2-3 hours, so make sure take enough water with you.
From the Bryce Point parking lot head to Bryce Point. This is one of the busiest areas in the Bryce and in a few minutes you will find out why. It is truly awesome walking down to the viewpoint. After spending some time here make your way back but head right along the Rim. In about 5 minutes the crowds will disappear and you will only be left with a few other hikers. After hiking for about 2.5 Kms you will come to Inspiration Point. This is another busy area but head to the view point and snap some shots. Once your done here follow the rim again and in a little while, 1.1 Kms, you will come to Sunset point. Admire the views and then keep following the Rim trail. Your next stop is the Bryce Canyon Lodge, about .3 Kms, take in the views and then go for lunch at the Lodge. Lunch is very reasonable priced, about $10, and is a welcome relief from the heat and sun. Head back towards the Rim and make your way to Sunrise point (this doesn’t take long), from here follow the Rim trail towards the north campground (about 1 km). If your home is the north campground then you are here, for the rest of us head towards the shuttle bus pickup or the visitor centre for a bit of air conditioning.
To get to Bryce Canyon National Park take highway 12 and then head south on highway 63. To make your life easier park at either Ruby’s Inn or the shuttle boarding area and ride the free shuttles. The shuttles are convenient, come frequently and allow you not to worry about getting a parking spot in the busier areas.
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