Bryce Canyon was our fifth and final park on our 2019 Spring Break national parks extravaganza. As you’ll see in the pictures, Bryce is known for its “hoodoos” – those eerie spires that form from eroding sandstone. Alex had been anticipating this since he saw a tourism poster for Bryce at the Utah visitor center on our first day. He even saved all of his money to buy his first souvenir of the trip here.
We were disappointed to find that the majority of the park was closed off due to snow. The rim of the canyon is around 8000 feet above sea level, so it wasn’t a complete surprise. Hiking opportunities were very limited. The trails were essentially covered in snow, making hiking along the rim a risky proposition, even in the areas that were accessible.
We drove to the all of the primary view points within the “Bryce Amphitheater” section that was open – Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point and Sunrise Point. We did a small hike through the snow between Inspiration and Sunset Points, which provided a few more unique views into the canyon. The density and quantity of hoodoos throughout the amphitheater is really amazing.
That wraps up Spring Break 2019. We spent our last night in a hotel in Richfield, Utah, and let the boys splash around in the pool before piling in the car one last time. We thought five national parks in a week was enough, but Evan asked if we could divert to Capitol Reef on the way home – we didn’t. I guess we have a reason to return to Utah sometime in the not too distant future!