One of the things we noticed almost immediately at Bryce Canyon National Park was the small trees growing on top of some of the hoodoos and we were pretty amazed by that. How did the trees seemingly grow out of stone?
A Small Jay Bird
Turns out, there is a small jay bird that collects and stashes some 40,000 seeds in preparation for the long winter. The birds, it is said, have such excellent memories they know exactly where they have stashed all of their seeds. Of course they stash more than they can eat and some of the seeds are dropped where they germinate and grow. And that is how trees grow on top of hoodoos! Who knew?
Bryce Canyon National Park
Although it was cold, about 46 degrees, the sky was crystal clear. The sun was shining so just a couple of layers of warmth was enough. There was snow on the ground though. A storm had passed through a few days prior to the day we were there. The great thing about visiting the parks in the fall (late fall) is the lack of crowds. You don’t have to wait your turn to park at the viewing points. There is no one in your line of camera vision. Actually, the front desk supervisor at our hotel in Springdale told us that during the summer months it isn’t even fun to hike in Zion National Park because there are so many people in the park and on the trails.
The trails in Zion are varied in that some of them are easy walks, while others are strenuous and as I like to call them cliffhangers. In Bryce, the trails that we saw were really steep and there weren’t a lot of railings, etc., you really need to know what you’re doing and be well-equipped to take on hiking Bryce and not be nervous of heights.
There’s an old saying, “The first step is a bitch” and I was keenly aware of it while at Bryce. At Inspiration Point, Abi ventured on without me as I just could not bring myself to climb to the point.
We got to Sunset Point around 3:30 in the afternoon and we were feeling the drop in temperature by this time. It is a much larger viewing area where you can walk along the rim (there is a fence at the edge). It is the trail head for the Navajo Trail down to the valley floor through the hoodoos. The trail was very steep and looked really intense, not for the faint of heart.
I bet you would be surprised to learn that (many years ago) we rode the mules down the rim trail of the Grand Canyon. Yep, I did it and it’s one of my most favorite memories. Did you know the mules walk on the outside edge of the trail? Actually, I don’t know how I convinced myself to do that… much younger days.
The Majesty of Bryce Canyon
As I said, Bryce is like no other place. There is a surreal sense of majesty, of magic, something bigger than all of us. One cannot help but feel inspired in some fashion. It is a place where you could go back to the exact same spot one hour later and see something completely different, depending on how the light hits it. It’s difficult to even begin to comprehend the process of evolution that brought about such a glorious place on earth. Should you ever have the opportunity to visit Bryce, do not hesitate to do so, I promise you’ll love it!
Absolutely majestic! Each time I see (or read) about Bryce, I can’t believe I haven’t been. Stunning.
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Bryce (and Zion) is well-worth any opportunity to visit. Photos don’t do it justice, you have to see it to believe it! Thanks so much for reading, Marcia!
Your photos of the hoodoos are magical. Looks like it was worth braving the cold with all the natural splendor around. I found the story about why the trees are growing on top of the hoodoos very fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
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The hoodoos were crazy interesting and many of them have names. There was one cluster that resembled a family with mom, dad, and kids! Bryce is well-worth any opportunity to visit. Thank you for finding us and thanks for reading, Marisol!
Great photos 🙂
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You said it! “Bryce is like no other place!” There was snow when I visited there, too. What a gorgeous place on Earth. I’d like to go back and do more hiking. We just went a short distance, but it was amazing.
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We’d like to go back as well. We spent the majority of our visit to the area in Zion and just took 1 day to visit Bryce. We didn’t hike because it was winter and again, we just had the one day. Thanks so much for reading!
I love the light at that time and it looks like you are there in the colder season when the light is also good with blue clear skies, making the landscape even more spectacular. Bryce is definitely one of my favorite national parks to visit and I hope to go back again some day.
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We absolutely loved Zion and Bryce – we were there in November 2012 and it was c-o-l-d at Bryce but with winter gear we were comfortable and we were incredibly fortunate in that the one day we were there, the sky was crystal clear and the sun was shining. It all made for a beautiful experience.
First thing I do when I open “One Road at a Time” is study your photos.
Before reading a word I new why Abi was standing alone!
Ha! Ha! He makes me a nervous wreck because he’ll stand somewhere for a photo and I have to really steady myself to get the shot!
‘Inspiration Point’ – what an apt name! Bryce looks amazing and it sounds like you definitely made a good decision visiting outside of peak season. The snow looks so strange; like it shouldn’t be there!
Yes, the desert, forest and the snow are quite the contrast, stunning just the same though! And in the summer the weather is HOT, so we were happy to have such a brisk beautiful day!