Ah, Bryce Canyon.
Should be considered one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. It’s stunning. Breathtaking. Everything a national parks-lover wants. It contains the largest collection of hoodoos in the world! (Hoodoos: odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion).
Why is this park so underrated? When I say underrated, I mean it’s not usually a park with name recognition. Compared to the Grand Canyon, Bryce is the little brother that never could gain the fame as his older sibling. Utah’s greatest sight to see.
I saw the Grand Canyon the day before I saw Bryce. It was definitely a sight to see; something I’ve never experienced before. But there was something about Bryce. Maybe it was the immersive experience to hike through the canyon? Maybe it was the variety of colored and oddly shaped stones?
The air was refreshing. A light breeze- a cloudy sky in the peak of summer. The high elevation- the shuttle driver warned of dehydration due to the altitude. I thought my Southern California hiking was a sight to see…but this was something on a whole different level (literally).
Visit Bryce Canyon. And when you do, park your car at the visitors center. Take the free shuttle all the way to the top at Bryce Point, and hike down. Hiking up isn’t ideal for the average person: it’s miles of uphill panting (but a good workout, I suppose). However, by the time you get up to Inspiration Point (if you make it!), you’ll be ready to take the shuttle back. That’s why: start at Bryce Point, and hike down. The view will be breathtaking the entire way, it will still feel like a great workout, and there’s no way you won’t leave unsatisfied.
Oh, Bryce. I think I’ve found my park. *heart-eye emoji*
-mike, the national parks guy