At 9,500 feet, it was so exciting to finally find welcoming AUTUMN!
I find a lovely boondock in the Dixie National Forest, less than a mile from the Park entrance. Though getting a rig larger than mine back here would be impossible. So, it’s just me and the deer among the pines.
Long just breathtaking images in some coffee table book, I can hardly believe I’m here.
I’m eager to hike and explore this wonderland up-close. Before hitting the trail, I stand on the rim at Sunrise Point and gawk.
With 200 days of ice and rain annually, the features that define Bryce - the hoo-doos - are formed by the relentless thawing and freezing of ice that pushes the sandstone rocks apart.
My first hike is the combination of Queen’s Garden and the Navaho Loop through the Bryce Amphitheater. Waaaay down there.
The trail begins near the notable figure of Thor’s Hammer (center).
With every step, in every direction, the scene is like some rocky Wonderland.
It’s hard to stop taking photos. (I realize my selfies need more work).
Thinking it can’t get any better, I enter the Navaho Loop.
A main feature of this area is the Wall Street formation.
Soon after, the trail enters a slot canyon. I'm reminded that I have a colonoscopy scheduled in December.
Lastly, to exit the canyon, there is a heinously steep climb with a series of switchbacks.
The trail ends at Sunrise Point.
What an memorable introduction to Bryce NP!