Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon was one of my favorite places we visited in our first year of travels, and it is definitely worth a return visit. This is one of those places that I could return to again and again. I could never tire of hiking through the beautiful hoodoos.

If you’ve been following along you might remember that we got to enjoy some snow at Grand Canyon just a couple of weeks before coming here. We were so excited to get even more snow while we were at Bryce Canyon.







The boys got to enjoy sledding down a little hill at the campground. When we bought these sleds for the sand dunes in Texas we had no idea we would get to use them again so soon, or that we would be able to use them for snow this time!



We had one good day of snow, but most of it melted the next day. The rest of the week we were able to go for several hikes in the evenings after work. I love daylight savings time since it gets dark later in the day now so we have time to hike in the evenings.

Our first hike of the week was a repeat of one of our favorite hikes at this park: Queens Garden. This hike can be combined with the Navajo Loop trail, but since we wanted to do shorter hikes each evening, we did not combine them this time. The views on this hike are so incredible which means I took way too many pictures.










The next day we did the Navajo Loop trail, but it ended up not being a loop because the Wall Street section was closed. So we hiked out and back. This hike includes going down a bunch of switchbacks which you later have to hike back up. Hiking back up is exhausting! On the way down most people passing me on the way back up were out of breath. I knew that would be me on our way back up, and sure enough it was!




The last hike we did that week was the Peek-a-Boo Loop trail starting from Bryce Point. This hike was new to us this time and we all loved it! That has become our new favorite hike at Bryce. The hike down from Bryce Point was a little tricky with all the ice and snow still on the trail. It was wet, muddy and slippery in some sections, but so worth the effort to get to the bottom for the Peek-a-Boo Loop. This hike is a total of 5 miles: 1 mile down from Bryce Point, a 3 mile loop and then a mile climb back up.













We stayed at Ruby’s Inn RV Park. We really like to stay there while visiting Bryce because it’s right outside the entrance to the park. There is also a shuttle bus to take you into the park from the campground, but it wasn’t running yet when we were there in April. The shuttle bus service runs from May through September.

This last picture was taken on scenic highway 12 on the way to Bryce as you go past Red Canyon. When we came here 2 years ago we weren’t sure if we could fit under this tunnel so we pulled over to measure before going under. This time I wanted to get a picture of Chris driving the rig under the tunnel and I can see we had plenty of room!


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8 thoughts on “Bryce Canyon National Park

  1. I like it much better without snow. The again, I would be happy to see Bryce again any time of the year. It’s so long ago already for me!

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  2. Oh my goodness, look at all that snow! How fun that the boys got to go sledding–I bet they loved it! It’s amazing how that winter wonderland scene transformed in just a single day. Love your beautiful photos; I feel the same way–I could never tire of those gorgeous hoodoos or hiking Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop. The kids were nervous about horseback riding and missed Peek-a-boo Loop, but I’m glad I got to ride it (cheating, I know, but it was a fun treat). 😀 You’re so right–it’s just beautiful! Hope we get to hike it someday…I was too busy trying not to die to really enjoy the view, lol. So glad you had a wonderful time in Bryce!

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    • I know what you mean about trying not to die while horseback riding. We did that last time we went to Bryce and it was scary! My kids did it too and I think I was more scared watching them, afraid they might tumble off the side of the cliff with the horse.

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  3. Awesome! The snow adds to the already amazing colors of the hoodoos. I wish I could go back to Bryce every year. It’s such a cool one-of-a-kind park.

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  4. So beautiful! The Utah parks are up there on our list of places to visit. I wasn’t sure what it would be like with snow, but it seems like you guys managed just fine and had a great time. Phew, glad you made it through the tunnel. I had read somewhere about the size restriction, so it was fun to see a picture of it and to know that a large RV can fit through it. 😄

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    • I really hope you get to those Utah parks soon. They are all so incredible, but Bryce is my favorite. The tunnel was higher than I thought once I saw that we still had some space to spare. 😉

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