Bryce Canyon: Hoodoos and Hodont's
Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
17Trip End Jul 27, 2012
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Notre premiere journee a Bryce Canyon en fut une de touriste, a voyager d'un viewpoint a l’autre pour admirer, encore une fois, l’effet de l’erosion sur ses parois rocheuses, soit des arches, des pics rocheux, des ponts naturels. Nous avons fait une randonnee menant a l’amphitheatre (Navajo Loop/Queens Gardens), car il semblerait que Bryce Canyon n’est pas un canyon mais plutot un amphitheatre… randonnee tres appreciee, mais tres achalandee
Actuellement, je vous ecris de la voiture a Kodachrome State Park, ou on sejourne, car on attend que l’averse passe pour aller explorer le parc…aurons nous cette chance? Autrement, on quitte l’Utah (et ses 5 parcs nationaux et ses 43 state park) cet après-midi pour prendre la direction de l’Arizona pour aller decouvrir le North Rim du Grand Canyon
On our way to Bryce canyon we passed by the Grand Staircase Escalante National monument. It was tough driving at 20 mph around steep embankments avoiding hitting cows and deer on the way to Bryce. However, it was beautiful passing from pine forests to painted and carved cliffs and boulders.
When arriving at Bryce canyon you can clearly see the difference over the other parks. It is full of pinnacles, spires and grottoes. There are layers of white, orange, purple and pink sediments along the cliffs. What a beautiful sight! Lucky for us it’s also cooler than our previous stops, so we didn’t smell like feet the whole time.
We stopped at a number of viewpoints first before doing the Navajo/Queen Garden trail. Considering it’s a pretty steep climb to the bottom of the canyon we were surprised how many people attempted it. Unlike Yellowstone though there didn’t seem to be any cardiac arrests on the way back up. After about a mile of the loop the crowds thinned out and we could see the pinnacles (or hoodoos) up close without too many amateur photographers around
The next day we decided to do an 8 mile hike: the Fairyland Loop Trail. Although it’s a bit of a tough hike we saw amazing views for almost the whole hike. We first passed Tower Bridge, which resembles the one in London. Then among the sea of hoodoos we passed the China Wall before arriving at the Fairyland Viewpoint. I gotta say this hike was one of my favorites, because we had beautiful views inside the canyon and along the rim.
Unfortunately, we’re back at our campground now waiting out the rain. Looks like we might not get to see as much as Kodachrome Basin as we would have liked L Hope we have better luck with the weather at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.