Since I picked up a camera back in September of 2015, I've always been fascinated with Bryce Canyon National Park. It may be small in size but the views are incredibly vast. Located just 50 miles away from Zion National park in the southwestern part of Utah. Elevation at the rim varies between 8,000 and 9,000 feet. Even though it is not a canyon, Bryce is known for its amphitheaters of hoodoos that have been formed over millions of years of erosion.
Over the winter break, Kelle and I made a two-week road trip to witness what the American Southwest has to offer. One of my favorites places that we visited was Bryce Canyon National Park. This park is an absolute must to visit. Espcially if you are on a time crunch.
We woke up at the crack of dawn and rushed to the park in hopes of an amazing sunrise. I believe a sunrise is better of a sunset. Why? Starting early to witness a beautiful sunrise is a perfect way to start the day. Only the dedicated wake up to capture the morning glory which makes the effort all worth it. There are fewer people and that is the calmest time of the day.
If you haven't been to Bryce Canyon, you'll love all the vistas offered along the rim and the trails that lead down into the canyon. After researching I found out that sunset point is the best for capturing a sunrise. It just so happens that sunrise point is best for sunset in my personal opinion. I think someone may have been drunk when thinking of what to name these points.
After chasing sunrise at sunset point, I highly recommend hiking the queens garden and navajo loop trail. It starts from sunset point and ends at sunrise point then walk back along the rim. A short and easy 2.9-mile loop which will take you 1-2 hours.
You will drop down into the canyon fast so if you start your hike early in the morning, bring a jacket. It gets chilly down there with minimal sunlight. Do not forget water. Remember, you are at high elevation.
This short hike ranks very high on my list. I felt like I was in another world. I look forward to coming back again hopefully soon
1. Arrive super early, when we pulled up about 45 minutes before sunrise, the entire overlook was filled with people. I headed down the trail to the left to avoid the crowd.
2. Bryce can be explored in a day so after watching the sunrise, do the hike mentioned above and then drive to the other viewpoints. Plenty of (park, get out of the car, snap a few photos, back in the car and to the next spot)
3. If you want to really immerse yourself in the park, get yourself a backcountry permit and enjoy some solitude with your friends or go solo. Bring at least one gallon of water with you.
4. We explored the main parts of the park along the rim by noon, then headed to Zion National Park to hike Angels Landing for sunset. Now that is the perfect way to end an epic day.