While overlooking the lively, picturesque formations of the hoodoos, it made me halt and ponder about this life as I know it. Once I hit the spirited canyon floor, I questioned if I was in a fairytale with all the formations casting over me with their pixie dust scattered all over the ground or if I have possibly been blinded by the captivating beauty this scenery has to offer.
October 9th, was a chilly Friday morning and our day started around 8:00am, when we arrived at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is uncommon for my husband and I to start our weekend adventures on a Friday, but in this instance, we combined Bryce and Zion National Park into our weekend festivities. Since both of these parks are vastly different, I wrote a different blog post for each one. You can find my Zion blog post on my main site labeled, “Our day in Zion National Park (Plus Helpful Tips)”. Our weekends usually kick off Friday nights after work. We pack our bags and food into our truck as soon as we get home that night and drive off to our destination. 9 times out of 10, we leave on Friday nights because it assists us in getting to the trailhead before it gets overly crowded.
Speaking of trails, the trail system at Bryce Canyon is truly unique in a way that you can hop from one trail to the next without having to drive to each trailhead. If you spend an entire day at Bryce, you could hike a handful of short trails, you could do a long hike, or you could even just look at all the overlooks. The possibilities are endless. I, honestly, think it is more enticing when you plan your trip the way you, personally, want it to go.
With that being said, here is what we had planned for our day in Bryce:
We made our way to Sunrise Point, which is an overlook of the beautiful hoodoos. From there, we hiked down Queen’s Garden Trail. This trail takes you right into the canyon where you bypass the orange hoodoos and sky high trees. We branched off from Queen’s Garden Trail to the Navajo Loop Trail where you will run into Wall Street and Two Bridges. Wall Street is where you can stare off from above at the vibrant hoodoos. Two Bridges is where two arches or “bridges” were formed between two high canyon walls. We did the entire Navajo Loop and took the next connecting trail, Peekaboo Loop Trail. This trail will have you traverse up and down sandy terrain with views of the park that can only be seen within the canyon. If you are feeling up for another hike, Bryce Point connects to Peekaboo Loop. If not, you can always drive the main road up to Bryce Point. We decided to hike onward instead of drive. Hiking to Bryce Point was steep in areas and higher in altitude, but once you reach the top, you will be hovering over the majority of the park. It really made me feel like a tiny ant that made it’s way on top of the picnic table. After we made it to Bryce Point, we hiked back down and finished Peekaboo Loop. We connected to Navajo Loop to Sunset Point which takes you right back to the parking lot. After all that hiking, we drove through the rest of Bryce Canyon and stopped at the overlooks before heading back to our Airbnb for the night.
List of the hikes we did:
Sunrise Point: Easy, 0.5 miles from parking lot, dogs allowed
Queen’s Garden Trail: Moderate, 1.8 miles, no dogs
Navajo Loop Trail: Moderate, 1.3 miles, no dogs
Peekaboo Loop Trail: Strenuous, 5.5 miles, no dogs
Bryce Point: Strenuous, 1.5 miles from Peekaboo Loop or 0.2 miles from parking lot, dogs allowed only on paved surface
Sunset Point: Easy, 0.5 miles from parking lot, dogs allowed
If I may add, I use the AllTrails app or the map/brochure provided by the park for guidance when I am hiking. Always keep in mind, to bring extra layers of clothing, water, and snacks on your hikes.