June 7-8 Glen Canyon Dam, Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park
Leaving Page, Arizona on Sunday, we stopped for a quick view of the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell located in southern Arizona and northern Utah. Our 3-1/2 drive brought us through Red Canyon named for its vermillion-colored rock formations. We took a few minutes to walk along the narrow path taking in the colorful scenery and of course taking pictures.
Bryce Canyon National Park is probably my favorite park so far. The colors and formations are just breath-taking. The pictures don’t really do it justice but you can see the “Hoodoos” in some of the pictures. One of the books on Utah we bought (Frommer’s) says it best: “If you could visit just one national park in your lifetime, go to Bryce Canyon. Here you’ll find magic, inspiration, and spectacular beauty among thousands of intricately shaped hoodoos.”
We stayed in the park campground for two nights. This gave us a chance to hike both days and see the entire park. The first day was across the Rim Trail and Sunset Point to Inspiration Point to Bryce Point. For anyone that is into meditation, I think this is the place to be. You just need to get away from the crowds to meditate.
Monday we decided to do Queens Garden and Navaho Loop hike. This hike was down into the valley where you can look up at the formations. Although a great hike, it is also the most popular. At times we weren’t sure we were still in the U.S.A. because we couldn’t understand ¾ of the tourists or figure out what language they were speaking. The end of the hike was the Navaho Loop. I never saw so many switchbacks in a hike before. The end of the day we finished up driving the 18-mile road to see the rest of the park.
I could spend another few days here just hiking some more of the trails. A wonderful park to visit.