Wall Street section of Bryce Canyon National Park

We found a campsite near both of these parks and visited each. Unfortunately Dawnie wasn’t able to be at Zion due to another commitment so it was me and the boys there. The following day though, the four of us took in a great hike at Bryce Canyon.

Zion National ParkWhat struck me about these areas was how radically different they can be from each other yet they’re not far apart geographically. Zion has its huge solid rock faces reaching high into the sky. Bryce Canyon on the other hand offers strange and nearly other worldly shapes and colors.

Zion National ParkHere’s a good example of a Zion mountain. The size of these is hard to adequately describe and many of them appear to be one continuous slab of rock. At one point we could observe hikers on a popular trail which winds its way across the very peak of the mountain. Within a few feet of that trail was a sheer drop which had to be hundreds of feet if not even a thousand or more.

Bryce Canyon National ParkBryce Canyon by contrast extends downward of course being a canyon. The vertical pillars throughout the canyon are called “Hoodoos”. These were all created by erosion over time. Once we hiked down into the canyon there were places which felt like we were in another world entirely. Many spots mixed together the reddish orange hoodoos with tall slender evergreen trees. The contrast of color was striking but so too the contrast between the typical earthly evergreen and the strange almost alien looking hoodoos.

Striking, all of it. And amazing what nature can create!

Hiking Bryce Canyon

Hiking Bryce Canyon

Inspecting bugs in Bryce Canyon

Inspecting bugs in Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon

Hiking in Bryce Canyon

Who’s that with us hiking in Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

 

One thought on “Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

  1. Great pics! Looks like our heatwave will finally end this weekend here. Continued safe travels!

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