Today was a very fun day in Bryce Canyon NP. Our first stop was Natural Bridge. Natural Bridge is not a bridge, but actually one of several natural arches found in the park. It is sculpted from some of the reddest rock (rich in iron oxide minerals.)
Natural Bridge – Bryce Canyon National Park
Next we drove to Sunset Point and hiked the Navajo Loop. Although it is a short & steep (1.3 miles) hike it is probably one of the most scenic hikes we have ever taken.
Thor’s Hammer – Bryce Canyon N.P. These “hoodoos” are pillars of rock left by erosion.
This hike took over two hours of climbing up and down steep switchbacks. The final stretch included a 10 minute stroll through “refrigerator canyon” where the rocks were actually cold to the touch.
This pic on the left was actually just an excuse to rest a minute . . . after hiking up the switchbacks in the right pic (click to enlarge it and you can see us smiling from way down there.)
Jordan & I taking pictures of this overly friendly (or should I say hungry) Bryce chipmunk. I got the wide angle lens literally inches from his nose. Click on the picture (above right) to see a closeup.
Natural giant amphitheater created by erosion caused by wind, water, & ice. The elevation at the rim is 8,000 ft.
We left the park around 3:30 and drove to Salt Lake City for the night. Movin’ right along . . .
Route Day 14 (Bryce Canyon National Park to Salt Lake City, UT)