Bryce Canyon is a very popular destination with its colorful rock pyramids. The unique rock formations are a popular photo motif and are visited by tourists from all over the world. Also on our trip through the west of the USA, a stop at this unique place was a must.
Many tourists arrive very early in the morning to capture the unique light effects of the sunrise with their camera. We arrived early in the morning and went on a short hike into the canyon, which ended in the late afternoon. Since a thunderstorm was approaching, we started the way back. The danger of being struck by lightning is very high in this area, which is why you should leave the canyon immediately in case of a thunderstorm. Despite the relatively short trip into the canyon, I took countless photos. Each meter of these rock formations looks different and is beautiful in itself. Depending on the incidence of light, the color of the rock also changes. It was difficult, but I managed to select a few pictures for this article.
Before we reached Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Red Canyon. The Red Canyon is about 15 km northwest of Bryce Canyon. In contrast to the Bryce Canyon, you enter the Red Canyon from the bottom of the valley. The rush of visitors here is limited, as most tourists simply pass it on their way to Bryce Canyon. The Red Canyon is especially popular with mountain bikers, here there are approximately 55 km of bicycle routes. The canyon showed itself from its best side on our arrival and had a beautiful strong red due to the incidence of light.
Bryce Canyon, a place no Travel Bucket List should be without. The colours and rock formations, a wonder of nature. For me the visit to the Bryce Canyon National Park was something very special. Part of our itinerary was also an overnight stay in the national park, which was of course a great experience. We were accommodated in the Hotel Bryce View Lodge, which was one of the most beautiful hotels on this trip. After a delicious American breakfast the next morning, we continued towards Zion National Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah, at an altitude of 2400 to 2700 meters. Bryce Canyon means “red rocks”. In contrast to other canyons this one was not formed by a river. Wind, water and ice eroded the edge of the plateau to these unique rock formations (Hoodoos), which remind of an amphitheatre. Bryce Canyon is a habitat for many animals. More than 200 bird species, 70 mammals and 13 reptile species have already been sighted and recorded here. The park is also home to some 400 plant species. The National Park is open 24 hours a day throughout the year. Admission to the National Park costs 30 USD and is valid for seven days. The shuttle service, which travels back and forth between the individual vantage points and visitor centres, is included in the price. The park also offers a variety of hikes to participate in.