November 14 2014
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Josey Orr
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The Great 59 - Part 8: Bryce Canyon National Park

The Great 59 is a series on America’s National Park Service.

Bryce Canyon National Park

State: Utah

Created: February 25, 1928

Size: 35,835 Acres

Bryce Canyon National Park is like a forest made of stone, a canyon, and a cave without a roof all mixed into one. The parks most dominant feature is the gathering of hoodoos that can be seen here. Hoodoos are odd shaped pillars of rock created from years and years of erosion. There are hoodoos on every continent in the world, but Bryce’s are the best.

The terrain of the park is something special, but the best time to soak it all in is during the full moon. We recommend checking your calendar and planning your trip around the moon’s cycle. This way, you get the very best the park has to offer both at night and during the day.

What To Do:

Full Moon Hike – The full moon hikes here are really special. They happen 3 consecutive days every month and are guided by a park ranger. You must get a ticket in order to attend the 1-2 mile hike. Tickets are free, but they are given out on a first come first serve basis so make sure you are on your toes!

Snowshoe – A great time of year to check out the park is during the winter. You can snowshoe pretty much anywhere in the park, but keep in mind it is a strenuous activity. Sometimes, the rangers take people on guided, snowshoe, full moon hikes.

Hiking– If you only have a limited time in the park you can hike the trails and view the hoodoos from different angles. This is especially fun to do during sunrise and sunset.

Places Of Interest:

Navajo/Queens Garden Loop- This hike offers you hoodoos, forest, and beautiful canyon views. The hike is a must if you want to experience the best of Bryce.

Inspiration Point – An amazing stop where you can see a breathtaking view of the park and its many trails. We recommend coming here after you take the Queens Garden hike so you can see what you traversed from above.

Canyon Trail – This is an awesome little trip that you can take on horseback that offers you a relaxing view of the Wild West. The guides will point out all of the landmarks as they lead you down the beautiful canyon.

The absolute best time to visit this park is during the winter and on a full moon. Add that to the top of your list!  


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Photos Credit: Andrew Porter


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