Bryce on my Mind

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous leading to the most amazing view…” Edward Abbey

Bryce Canyon is located in Southern Utah and known for “Hoodoos” which are crimson colored odd-shaped pillars. The park is a lot smaller than Arches and Canyonlands with a lot of stunning viewpoints and spectacular vistas. There are a lot of easy hikes which starts on the Rim trail where you see Bryce from the top. The path is paved and level. It’s at least 11 miles to complete the entire Rim trail which is actually quite easy because the view is mesmerizing.

 

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View from Rim Trail

 

We decided to hike the Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden trail combination. The trail is around 2.7 miles and shows you the famous hoodoos up close. The Navajo Loops are famous for the switchbacks. Trust me, it’s a lot tougher than it looks especially when you are walking back to the top. A lot of people bring trekking poles for the hike.

 

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Navajo Loop Switchbacks

 

 

 

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Hoodoos up close Amazing huh?

 

Bryce Canyon is a sight to behold. Experiencing Utah’s mighty 5 (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, and Bryce Canyon) is a trip worth taking. Spring is the best time to go because it’s not too hot.

A couple of tips for Bryce Canyon:

  1. Read Hotel Reviews on Yelp before you go. I personally didn’t have a good experience with the hotel we stayed at in Bryce. If you have to spend a little more to stay inside the park it is way more advisable or CAMPING is way cheaper if you have the gear.
  2. If you’re camping, better to reserve in advance.
  3. The hikes are worth it. The best views are from the toughest hikes.
  4. If you plan on doing the tough hikes. Get a trekking pole. See amazon link below.

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103 Comments Add yours

  1. Shayra says:

    Beautiful pictures and full of adventures.Great post .I have never done hiking but by reading your post ,I’m fascinated by it and wanna try .

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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      1. Shayra says:

        You’re welcome🙂

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  2. These are so beautiful!!! I’ve never been 😦 Southwest noob lol.

    Thanks for all your support on my blog, not sure if you do awards or not, but I nominated you for one! Don’t feel obligated to do it, but check it out if you’re interested.

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    1. Bel says:

      I saw your nomination and left a comment. Thanks!😊I can’t believe you haven’t seen Bryce it’s only a couple of hours from Vegas! You definitely have to add it to your list when you come back! 😊

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      1. If I’m back for an extended period I will definitely go on a few adventures!!

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  3. Beautiful images and suggestions!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  4. Saniya Karwa says:

    Oh, I’ve been here! Utah is an amazing place to explore. I especially like Arches National Park!

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    1. Bel says:

      Arches is my favorite park. I actually wrote about it too! Utah is just stunning!

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  5. pjlazos says:

    Love all of Utah’s national parks. Just stunning!

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    1. Bel says:

      Truly amazing❤

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    1. Bel says:

      Amazing huh? 😊

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  6. Nancy says:

    Fantastic photos!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you, Nancy! 😊

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  7. Bel says:

    Thank you!😊

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  8. We live on an incredibly beautiful planet, full of wonders and magic Every place you go there’s something waiting to be discovered.I wish that we would treat these places with more respect.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes we do. We should treat it with great care so that the next generation will be able to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of it as well. 😊

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      1. Some of us do, and want to, but there is a lot of opposition from businessmen and corporations. They don’t care about anything but making money, they don’t see past the here and now.

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      2. Bel says:

        Have you heard about the new monument Bears ears in Utah – very lovely but they are thinking of overturning the decision to make it a monument 😕

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      3. With this new administration, they will probably start drilling and mining. If there is money to be made, that will be the first order of business. Sad. I hope there is enough public outcry.

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      4. Bel says:

        I’m planning to go there at the end of the month and take lots of pictures and hopefully raise awareness. It would be heartbreaking to lose such beautiful monuments…

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      5. That’s a really good idea. We stand to face more losses as long as corporations have access to the lawmakers. We can not afford to lose those treasure, they are irreplaceable. They benefit everyone, ad it should remain that way. There are very few places left that are protected. I hope you can play some part in it maintaining its status.as one.

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      6. Bel says:

        Just raising awareness in my own little way – National Parks, State Parks, National Monuments should be preserved. I am passionate about it.

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      7. I agree, that is why they were set apart, to preserve and protect those areas, that were abundant in natural beauty, and historical importance.

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      8. I applaud you for that.

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  9. That switchback trail looks EXHAUSTING! But the colour of that rock is incredible!

    Gorgeous photo of the hoodoos.

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    1. Bel says:

      It is! That’s why I recommend the trekking poles 😂 You should see people going down the loop with a smile on their faces and then going back up somehow regretting going all the way down..😱

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      1. I know I’d be one of those people who regretted going all the way down…!

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  10. Been there and had a awesome experience. Bryce Canion is a magic place. Your pictures looked fantastic!

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    1. Bel says:

      Truly a magical place. Thank you 😊

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  11. Damn! That’s amazing!

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  12. Wow what an amazing Place! And that name “Hoodoo” -so evocative

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    1. Bel says:

      Imagine how they look right now with snow covering them! Breathtaking 😊

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  13. LTodd says:

    We visited Bryce and Zion over twenty years ago. Hope to return and visit all parks this year. Thanks for the camping reservation reminder.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, I hope you get to visit it too! Especially now that we don’t know what will happen to public lands including National/State Parks…hopefully we still get to keep them.

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      1. LTodd says:

        We must protect the parks. They belong to everyone including future generations.

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      2. Bel says:

        Yes, we have to! I’m going to see what can be done and maybe write on how we can help protect them.

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  14. Amazing wonders of nature… absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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    1. Bel says:

      It is amazing ❤ Thanks 😊

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      1. You’re most welcome. 🙂

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  15. Great photos! That looks like some spots in Colorado!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks! Yeah, there are similarities with Colorado 😊

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  16. cote8050 says:

    so happy to have found your blog!! Now I can travel through you!! Really looking forward to reading more. Thank you 🙂 Michelle

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks! You are so kind. Looking forward to reading your blog as well 😊

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  17. mopana says:

    Just beautiful! A place of dreams 🙂

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    1. Bel says:

      It is really a place of dreams 😊 Thank you!

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  18. I’d never heard of Bryce Canyon, but by seeing the beautiful images, It seems to be a fabulous place to visit. And talking about the article, it was a perfect description of what seems to be an extraordinary place. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Bel says:

      I’m glad you liked the images. Please check my other pictures in Arches and Canyonlands post as well…you will find it just as beautiful. Thank you for your kind words!

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      1. I was just reading that post.

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  19. Akuokuo says:

    I’ve been curious about Bryce…very otherworldly. Great post!

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    1. Bel says:

      You should visit Bryce!! 😊 Thank you.

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  20. chevvy8 says:

    Another amazing post! I used to hike years ago and that just the best way to experience places like these.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I do want to hike it all so I have to prepare for 20miles/day hike – if i survive it! 😂

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      1. chevvy8 says:

        That’s a lot of walking – good luck!

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      2. Bel says:

        And lugging a camera with me and a heavy backpack! So yes, I will need all the luck in the world 😊 Thanks!

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      3. chevvy8 says:

        The price of happiness!😊

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      4. Bel says:

        Right 😂👍

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  21. Amazing photos! Wow, what beauty and fun. 😀

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    1. Bel says:

      Super fun and really a wondrous place!

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  22. Bel, what beautiful photographs. Thank you so much for taking the time to bring us along with you.

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    1. Bel says:

      This is what I mentioned to you. You have to do all the parks when you visit Utah. Every single one is unique and lovely. ❤

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      1. Yes, definitely a place tops on our list.

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  23. Elizabeth says:

    It’s so gorgeous it doesn’t seem real!

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    1. Bel says:

      I think that’s what I said everytime I entered a National Park in Utah. The whole place is gorgeous!

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  24. Anabel Marsh says:

    We did that hike and it was very, very busy. The next day we did the Fairyland Trail (think that’s right) which was even more beautiful and we hardly saw anyone else.

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    1. Bel says:

      Fairyland Trail is awesome! Yes, not a lot of people do that hike because it’s considered difficult. I have a couple of pictures from that hike.

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      1. Anabel Marsh says:

        We almost didn’t do it because it was described as difficult, but it’s not really. Longer than the other trail and quite up and down, but a different vista round every corner. Awesome!

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      2. Bel says:

        It’s around 8 miles if I remember. I’m glad you did it because it is really a great experience😊

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  25. ~M says:

    When I went, we didn’t have trekking poles. Good advice for sure! Beautiful pictures as always! 😉

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Yeah the trekking poles helps when you’re climbing back up that last killer mile.😂

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      1. ~M says:

        Indeed! 😀

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  26. Another great post Bel! I especially loved the photo of the Navajo Loop Switchbacks.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks Gabe! It’s kinda hard to write about it and not wish I was there instead…I may have National Parks obsession disorder.😂

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      1. I ABSOLUTELY know what you mean. I’m working through a wicked case of Trail-fever myself right now as well.

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      2. Bel says:

        Lol! Outdoors enthusiast unite! 👍

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  27. AmericanGirl says:

    Really amazing photos and great write up!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Appreciate it.😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Truly is 😊

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  28. Miriam says:

    Looks absolutely spectacular.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you Miriam. It is! ❤

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  29. PaperPuff says:

    Amazing landscapes!

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    1. Bel says:

      They are truly awesome.😊

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  30. Beautiful images and suggestions Bel. Bryce is on my to do list! 🙂 Thankfully, I’ve been to the grand canyon and Arches.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you will add Bryce to your list. I’m pretty sure you will love it. 😊

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      1. I’m sure I will too!

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  31. So awesome and a few years back I got to take a mule ride down into the canyon. Simply stunning and an experience I will never forget.
    Thank you for sharing your amazing pictures and journey here.

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    1. Bel says:

      I saw some on horses as well! It looked really cool but scary since it gets so steep and narrow. Thanks for reading. I’m glad it brought back good memories and you enjoyed it! 😊

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      1. Yeah there were a few moments I held my breath lol.

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      2. Bel says:

        Yeah they kinda veer off course at times. I was watching and holding my breath for the kids riding on them!

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      3. Happened to me and I thought for sure it would go down the ravine. Like a scary ride in the last second they turned back onto the trail…phew, talking about scary and luckily I only experienced this going down into the canyon.

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      4. Of course and you are very welcome.

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  32. Agreed! Beautiful images and wonderful info, Bel! Hugs

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! ❤

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  33. Great pictures! Such a stunning place…I loved it!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Utah is simply unforgettable ❤

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