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Summer Drive - Americas National Parks in Utah & Wyoming

Day 2 & 3 - Hiking the wonder of Bryce National Park

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We are following US Hwy 89 & making our way to Bryce Canyon National Park to spend a full day hiking the canyon and seeing the natural beauty of the Park. Shirley and I had not spent much time in Utah other than flying thru SLC, or my one business trip up to Park City, UT. It is truly a study in diverse climate and geology. The one silver lining to COVID has been the lighter volume of traffic on the roads and inside the national parks.

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We stayed a quaint little 'resort' at the end of town in Tropic, UT. Cabins were purchased from the national park, relocated here, and somewhat refurbished. Clean, quiet and a small little restaurant on site with live music every night. Food was OK, but service was great and it was sooo nice to be served again after cooking at home for the last 7 weeks!

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We got up early and headed to the park around 7AM. The parking area had a few cars who came for the sunset, we were using this trailhead to hike the Fairyland Loop. A tough 8.2 mile hike around all of the various formations. Spectacular views, early morning sun, and best of all, very few hikers on the trail. As we came around a bend and started up a good incline we looked up and spotted a Coyote standing at the top looking down at us. We just stood and stared back and he soon scampered off back the way he came. I don't believe you can take a 'bad' picture in this park. You have to see it for yourself. Just standing in the middle of million year old spires, Hoodoos and rock slides puts our time here on earth in perspective.

Dog tired after trekking the loop and making our way back to the car we drove down to the southern most point and had a nice picnic lunch on a table on the canyon edge. Nice way to finish out Bryce Canyon.

Posted by rorndorff 17:28 Archived in USA Tagged mountains parks hiking driving national usa

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