Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Jun 30, 2013

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday, April 30 – Bryce Canyon National Park

    Headed north on 89 this morning driving towards Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah about 60 miles away.  We have been here before the last time 20 years ago with the kids.  Nice drive and as soon as we got into the park in early morning we headed to North Campground to find a site since it is first come first serve.  Not many left but we found one and then headed to the Visitor Center for the exhibits , movie and talk to a ranger.   The ranger convinced us with a 25 foot RV not to drive the south road to Rainbow Point.  The shuttles don't start until early Mary so we did not have that option.  We drove to the end twenty years ago and it was crowded and very difficult to find a place to turn around and park.  The elevation rises to 9115 ft, a number of switchbacks and with so many RV’s in the park it is not a relaxing ride.  Rainbow point is beautiful and you can see about 100 miles into AZ and on real clear days the curvature of the earth.

   So we headed up about 11 miles and stopped at Natural Bridge Viewpoint.  The park recommends that you drive as far as you are going to go and then starting heading back and then stop at all the pull outs since they are all on the right coming back down.  The weather can get in the high 80’s in April but with mornings in the 40’s and even the 20’s like it did for us.  There are even small patches of snow in Bryce.  The park seemed crowded but not like in the summer and this time when we stopped at the viewing areas many times we were the only RV parked there with about three other cars so it was very relaxing. 

       Natural Bridge is one of the best stops for viewing and what a view it is.  The Arch was

at Farview Point which offered views of plateaus and mountains and the Plateau of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.  We made  stops at Swamp Canyon, Inspiration Point plus Sunrise and Sunset Point.  All you can say is wow, wow and wow!

   Bryce Canyon is famous for the HOODOOs (a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion).  The Hoodoos here are bright red and have fantastic shapes.  They are beautiful and you can hike down and walk along them but the hike up will kill you especially in this high altitude.

  After lunch George and I walked along the Rim Trail which goes along the rim in most of the park but when it is windy you might find yourself over the rim.  We even found a nice bench to sit on with shade and just enjoyed looking out at the view.  I have so many great pictures of this park and had a hard time deciding which ones to post. 

    Bryce is like most National Parks with a lodge, hiking trails, ranger talks, walks and shows.  It is a great place to visit and a must see.  We only stayed one night because we have been here before but you always see something new or take a different hike.  Wished we had stayed one more night.

Tuesday, April 30 – North Campground, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

     This is one of two developed campgrounds located in Bryce Canyon both with no hookups and showers only at the General Store ($) within walking distance.   North Campground is closer to the Rim Trail and Visitor Center and is open year round.  Sites are first come first serve except in the summer there are 15 RV sites that can be reserved in Loop A online.  Loops A and B are for campers over 20ft and Loops C and D for those campers or tents less than 20ft.  Except our Loop B over half of the sites the night we were there were taken by tenters in pull -through sites.  Even though there is a big sign posted at the beginning of the Loop saying it was for campers over 20ft.  The B Loop has more level sites and the most shade. This was an overnight stop for us and it cost $7.50 because of the American the Beautiful Pass for seniors.  There is a self fee station when you drive in.  We arrived around 10am and so did most of other RV’s coming in.   So if coming to the park arrive early to get a site.  They run a shuttle up the park road in early May until late August so we just missed it and I am sure it would have made our visit even more enjoyable.  Beautiful National Park and a great place to camp.
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