Scenic Drive Along the Rim
For some 17 miles one-way along the Bryce Canyon rim, every view is magic. Bonus: the temperature is in the mid-60s! The GDB purrs like a kitten along the road, climbing to 9,100 feet – the highest elevation in the park.
For such a complex landscape, the geology of Bryce is pretty simple: once underwater, then lifted from sea level to over 8,000 feet, then eroded.
We are in the Aspen-Fir-and-Douglas Pine-territory. But it’s hard to see the forest for the hoo-doos!
The rock formations chew the scenery, yet the forest is a wonder of its own.
I stop at all the viewpoints save Inspiration Point. I have plans to hike there later.
Natural Bridge is the jewel in this crown.
Bryce is a popular Park so, naturally, crowds are everywhere. Today, I’m mostly lucky with some solitude until I reach Bryce Point, just as the Park shuttle disgorges its contents.
Later I hike the rim trail along mindblowing Fairyland Canyon.
This canyon is smaller and more intimate than the others and much less crowded as it is situated outside the Park entrance gates.
The light is perfect for an early evening hike along its rim.
My photos in no way do Fairyland Canyon justice.
Yep, Mother Nature gets her freak on here.