Sunday, May 29, 2016

Snow Canyon and Bryce Canyon Memories

Earlier this month, my husband and I enjoyed a trip to Bryce Canyon.  On the way (from Vegas), we stopped in for a couple of days in St. George Utah, and enjoyed the Snow Canyon State Park, and the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.  What a beautiful area.  Coming from the rainy and lush Pacific Northwest, I can never get enough of those red rocks, and the blue skies.

We have been to Bryce Canyon probably 4 times now, and I am always impressed by how spectacular it is.  Unfortunately, photos don't do it justice, you need to visit to truly enjoy it.  But here is my attempt to share some of the beauty of that amazing place :

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Natural Stone Arch in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

I have also been to Grand Canyon twice, and to me, Bryce Canyon is more beautiful.  In terms of its vivid colours and God-created sculptures (hoodoos and arches and other funky rock formations), and Bryce feels so personal and accessible.  The U.S. National Park Service has done a great job at making so much of it accessible by paved roads and lookout points.  But there are also a number of trails down into the heart of the canyon.  In an hour or less, you can be down at the floor of the canyon, with hoodoos surrounding and towering over you.

You pass through magical archways...
Archway in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

...and see beauty all around.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

I am fascinated by the trees there, how they survive under what seems to be very harsh conditions:
Tree on Cliff Side in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

I am also amused by the rock formations, some which look to be stone carvings, this one of a large hawk, overlooking the path through the canyon (do you see him, looking to the left?):
Rock Formations Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

This one looked strikingly like Joseph, holding the Christ Child, being visited by the Wise Men:
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Just in case you haven't spotted them, here they are :
Joseph and the Wisemen in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

And there's always cute wildlife to spot along the way :
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
I hope to visit Bryce Canyon and that surrounding area many more times in my lifetime.

The Snow Canyon State Park (Utah) and the adjacent Red Cliffs National Conservation Area was also very beautiful, and offered up some surprises, too, such as these dinosaur tracks which we were fortunate to spot along on of the hikes :
Dinosaur Tracks in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah.

Dinosaur Tracks in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah.

The scenery there was also very photogenic, and as I am a plant-lover, many of my photos also showcase the beautiful plants surviving and blooming in what is fairly desert-like conditions:
Yucca Blooming in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah.

Cactus Blooming in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah.

Purple Bush in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah.

Yucca and Cactus in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Utah.

Purple Flower Blooming in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah.

Flower Blooming in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah.
If you haven't visited this area, it is worth checking out, along with the amazing Arches, Canyonlands, and Zion National Parks, as well as the funky Goblin Valley State Park.  Oh, and Grand Canyon, too, while you're in the area.

5 comments:

Tim said...

Thanks for sharing! Will have to check these places out next time we're in Vegas.

Garden Lily said...

Thanks Tim. Nice to hear from you again. All the best!

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