Southern Utah is breathtaking. There is no place where you will find a more exciting and rapidly diverse variety of terrain. For two weeks I wondered the roads less traveled. Witnessing the dense jagged mountain woods full of plant life, mild red hills that evermore continued, and seemingly every landscape separating the two. This area of Utah will evermore continue to amaze with the vast uniqueness and variety in land. After awestrucking environments had became a norm we finally arrived to Bryce Canyon.
Bryce is humbling. Travelers coming to Bryce are expecting to see; arches, those towering rocks like structures called hoodoos, and scenic overlooks that allow you to see for miles. A visitor does not have to travel far to see these postcard sights. When we arrived in the park the plan was to ditch the road and hop onto a trail in order to make sure we see every element within the park.
The trails were laid on the rim of the canyon, hugging onto a ledge overlooking the walls of the canyon. Laid into the descending crevasses of the canyon walls, taking you up close and personal to the sides of the notorious hoodoos. Evidently trails could be found in the core of Bryce Canyon, looking up at the titanic pink and white walls.
This park will have some of the most quality trails of any in the country. Wide smooth paths were paved from the rock no matter the grade in slope. The Navajo Trail is the rockiest trail in the park according to the parks home website. I found this trail to be extremely doable, even some aged grandparents seemed to be making their way just fine. This trail is a haven for seeing hoodoos, walking through the carved out walls you are found eye level with arguably the most iconic of all, Thors Hammer. You will also find tall pine trees reaching high through slots to reach sunlight.
Navajo Loop is popular for a reason: it covers the parks full spectrum. Committing to hiking Navajo you are promised views. From the top where there are endless panoramas, the midsections where you stare eyelevel at marvelous rock features, and the bottom where you are walking on the floor of the canyon.
After hiking Navajo you have a grip understanding on the extent of what this park is about. If you are looking to see more fast, head to The Rim Trail. The Rim trail is probably the easiest of any trail in the park. It lives up to its’ name as in it lies on the rim of the canyon. Every step forward will refresh a view overlooking the canyons entirety. Looking down from Rim Trail you can distinctly see the vanes stretching through the canyon. This trail is flat and has relatively no slope compared to other hikes. What it lacks in challenge it makes up for with views that boggle the senses.
After hiking Navajo and Rim Trails the keynote idea of Bryce Canyons beautiful layout is understood. For further exploration take the Tower Bridge Trail to see some momentous formations, or Queens Garden Trail for an easy trip into the gut of the canyon.