But our campground in Glendale was so perfectly situated right there between Zion and Bryce it would not be good judgement to pass it up on this trip. So in the end, we did go to Bryce Canyon and it surely was one of our "good decisions".... with perfect weather, including a luscious blue sky. We spent the whole day and will never regret it.
|Lexie, Ozzie and Mom (me).|
Adding to the the interesting shapes is a display of rich natural pink and white limestone that's further stained by minerals that have created an array from light pink and yellow to deep reds and oranges. The sun's light, especially at sunrise and sunset, causes the colors to come to life and almost glow.
|Hikers along the canyon trails.|
So much of what we've seen in the natural wonders out here requires looking upward -- into the high cliffs. Here at Bryce Canyon, the view is downward, into what is called the Amphitheater.
There are at least six overlook locations into Bryce Amphitheater. We stopped at five of them and reached 8,296 feet in elevation at Bryce Point Overlook.
Leaving the high elevations of Bryce Canyon late in the afternoon, we returned down Scenic Byway 12, Utah's first All American Highway (designated in 2002) and stopped for still more stunning views. Hard as it is to imagine, Scenic Highway 12 was not even paved until 1985.
|More Red Canyon|
|And still more of Red Canyon|