Magical Bryce Canyon

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
Trip End Jun 19, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Monday, April 27, 2009

We were delighted to see snow falling as we drove up from Zion to Bryce. For the kids it was the first time they had seen it coming down from the sky. In the evening it snowed lightly and overnight it was below freezing and snowed some more, so we woke to a touch of white - enough to lightly cover the picnic tables and the grass under the trees. It did the same the following night - what a blessing!

We are staying at 7777 feet altitude, or 2375 metres. That is higher than Mt Kosciuszko. The highest lookout is at over 9000 feet. There is still snow on the ground in places, enough for us to enjoy a snowball fight.

Our first view of Bryce Canyon was from Rainbow Point, the last lookout at the end of the road. Wow! A valley of multicoloured hoodoos, or limestone rock formations. Some are in rows and look like little men in a village. In fact that is what the local Paiute Inidians thought they were, villagers turned to stone. Others are individual shapes.

Each lookout gives another view of the amazing formations. But it wasn't until we walked down amongst them on the Queen's Garden trail that we got an idea of the variety of shpaes. With a bit of imagination we could see everything from dinosaurs and seals, to rocket ships and teacups, to Homer Simpson and of course Queen Victoria reigning over her garden.

Richard and I both took turns doing the Fairyland trail, which is aptly named. You feel like you are in a magical kingdom, so much so that they almost look made up - or perhaps we are back at Disneyland and the hoodoos are really hollow concrete with rides inside them. The kids and I all enjoyed another horseride through a part of the canyon.
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