Here’s a pano of Bryce, as Eliza and I head out for a hike for the day! It almost does justice to how vibrant the colors are and how wide and vast the area is. We drove to the Fairyland trail head early, ready to hike down into the canyon and back out on an 8 mile loop. Sounds simple, right?
The trail was easy to start with, and I followed Eliza as we headed down. I took almost two dozen pictures before the canyon floor and just kept saying, “look at that” “did you see that hoodoo? It looks like a …” and a continual, “wow.” We were so happy to be hiking together.
The trail isn’t flat at the bottom like I remembered, but it was beautiful. We’d learned that the sun, wind and erosion created all the spectacular hoodoo formations, but I think God must be smiling at His masterpiece, Bryce. We met more people from all over the world here than any other place we’ve been to, including NYC and Boston. People just want to see Bryce. (And Zion and the Grand Canyon, it’s an easy loop.) Bryce is set up well to handle international visitors, and our campground, Ruby’s Inn, had signs in 8 different languages. I met people from Holland, China and other parts of Europe who have dreamed of coming here for years. You can see why!
I love that this little flower is able to survive in the canyon and grows out of the rock. We didn’t see any water in the canyon, but we did hike across the now dry washes that the storms have created when the water dumps in mass. From the rim, the washes look like roads, but there are really areas that the water pushes through, and the sides can be 10 feet tall.
Here we are, back at the top after a long hike to the rim! So happy to be here and so hot. We passed tons of people going down into the canyon, some again without any water. How can people hike in the heat without water?! Even down to see a famous landmark was 1.7 miles and it was over 85 degrees on the rim, so was hotter on the canyon floor. Please people, carry water!
We think this is the formation called The Great Wall. As the guide said earlier, you’re supposed to use your imagination when you look at them, and come up with what you think they are. Before, we were able to see the lion, horse and chicken in another area, but we never saw the Snoopy the guide pointed to. It’s just like clouds, you say what you think they are.
The hike along the rim back to our car was 2.5 miles. The newspaper described it as a stroll, but we beg to differ. At this spot, it’s flat, but the first 1.3 miles were up, and the last 1.2 miles were at a 6-10% grade going down. That’s a stroll?! My hip hurt going up and Eliza’s knees hurt going down, so we were quite the pair. We just wanted it to be over. For some reason, this hike just wasn’t fun.