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Published: April 17th 2008
I’m retroactively blogging a trip my brother and I took around to some of the National Parks in the US in August of 2005. I wanted to put some information out about these amazing places, as they are, in my opinion, the highlights of the US.
We made it to Bryce Canyon and, after being in the sweltering heat of Zion National Park; we appreciated the higher altitude and cooler temperature (at night at least) in Bryce Canyon. We spent the first day getting acquainted with the park, and just driving through the area. It is an extremely small park, but it is simply an amazing geological feature. The cliffs are a neon orange cream color with cylindrical spires, called hoodoos, jettisoning out from them. After settling on a campsite, we decided to do a quick hike to the bottom of the valley for a look back. As we reached the bottom some intimidating clouds came overhead, so we hurried back before the rain hit.
We ran by the main office to talk to some of the rangers, and decided to break our budget and go for a horse back ride along the bottom of the canyon, and see
it proper Wild West style. It was well worth it. We had great views of the canyon, and absolutely loved the experience of seeing such amazing features while on horseback. To be honest though, Darren had a horse, I had a mule named Tool Time.
As I said, Bryce Canyon is an extremely small area, and covering the top by car the first day, and the bottom of the canyon on horseback on the second, we had seen quite a bit. We didn’t have the appropriate gear with us at the time, but I would like to go back someday and do the “Under the Rim” trail. It is quite a long trail that goes the entire length of the Canyon and would take a couple of days to accomplish. However, after supper we decided we were in need of a real bed and a shower, so we hit the road in the evening and headed out to southeastern Utah, to Moab.
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