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Happy Monday! We have another week of frosty. We return to our regular scheduling next week.
Bryce: Southern Utah, close to Zion. We stayed at Bryce Canyon Village.
We spent two unplanned days at Bryce Canyon. I had thought we would spend our time in the area at Grand Staircase, which we hadn’t been to before, but there were very few hikes within our capability close to where we were staying. So we opted for Bryce, which we’d seen briefly in 2004 on a cross-country trip with our boys.
We skipped the most popular scenic stops the first day, drove to Rainbow Point at the end of the park drive and hiked the Bristlecone Trail. On the way back we made stops at Bryce Point and Inspiration Point. On our second day, we unloaded the eBikes, rode five miles in, locked them up at popular and busy Sunset Point and hiked down to Wall Street, a slot canyon among the hoodoos. 0.3 miles, 500 feet down … and then back up.
View of Bryce Canyon from Rainbow Point.
Bristlecone Pine. Very old, very dead. I’ve wanted to see some of these trees after we missed them in the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin because of snow at high elevations.
This is probably a bristlecone based on the shape of the needle bundles.
Looking up from the Wall Street trail. This was not a secluded hike.
Looking down at the Wall Street trail. Lots of switchbacks!
Wall Street slot canyon.
End of the slot. This is where we turned around. I had to wait about five minutes to get a picture with no people in it.
A thought for those who haven’t been out west. The wilderness areas like Grand Staircase are great but you have to be prepared for backcountry travel if you really want to experience it. That’s why Bryce, Zion, Arches and some of Canyonland are so crowded.
Outstanding photos. Worth the wait for no people.
Mike in Oly
So beautiful! I’ll be traveling thru that area next spring. So looking forward to stopping at some of the parks along the way.
That last picture is something else! Stunning.
Look at all those hikers without hats! Bryce looks like a very cool place.
the switchback on the way to wall street are reminiscent of Walter’s Wiggles, the switchbacks in Zion on the way to Angel’s Landing.
Ebenezer Bryce was an early land owner in the area.
His only recorded remarks on this natural wonder : “It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow.”
J R in WV
Great photos of an amazing place. There are so many geologic wonderland parks and national monuments out west. Some have interstate highways very near, many have no guest services like hotels and restaurants for miles around them.
Terrific photos, thank you! I look forward to name changes, however, to their original American Indian names.
I would like to see Biden turn over ownership of the sites where the Indians have sacred places (as determined by tribe?) and/or have lived or considered their homeland.
A portion of the original home (Joseph, OR) for the NezPerce (Nimipuu) was recently given back to them. I was from a town near their reservation, Lapwai, ID, where they’ve lived for the last 100-200 years. They originally lived throughout the Columbia River region, for more than 10,000 years.
This information and suggestion isn’t from anything more than my scant knowledge and imagination.