Utah Vacation: Bryce Canyon - Day 2
Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.
On our second day in Bryce Canyon National Park we hiked the Figure 8. We started at Sunset Point and tackled the switchbacks on the Navajo Loop Trail.
Just as we set out a whole busload of tourists started parading down the trail. We picked up the pace to put as much distance between us and the noisy mob as we could. I wish I had taken a picture looking up at all of the people but I was in too much of a hurry to get away from them!
At the bottom of the switchbacks we entered a canyon. The high walls create microclimates which allow trees to thrive even in the intense summer heat. Pretty neat!
From the Navajo Trail we picked up the Peekaboo Loop Trail which is also used for the horseback riding tours. Since we were there early in the morning we knew we wouldn't run into any horses.
This trail had a lot of elevation change but also some neat tunnels.
We finished off the Figure 8 by taking the busy Queens Garden Trail back to Sunset Point. We didn't even stop for pictures on that segment because of all the people. Just like any National Park that we've visited, the farther you venture down the trail, the more solitude you find.
Up next on our trip: Canyoneering!