It’s been over 25 years since I last visited Bryce Canyon, and let me tell you, the cliffs are every bit as terrifyingly beautiful as I remember. See for yourself.
25 years ago, my family and I went horse back riding along the rim, and while it was amazing, I kept wondering when the horse was going to leap to our sudden death. Thankfully, it never did, and horse back riding is quite an exquisite activity in Bryce Canyon. You can enjoy the scenery and not have to worry about physically exerting yourself.
This time around, we stuck to hiking, rather than horse back riding. The number one reason being is I’m 6 months pregnant. That being said, the hiking was also mild…well, for everyone else. It was still hard for me. Here is what we hiked in our 2 days there.
Bryce Canyon Rim Trail
The Bryce Canyon Rim Trail is a little over a mile long, and is the perfect family hike. Remember it is along the rim, so if you are going to bring little kids that have a tendency to not pay attention, put them in a stroller, or on a leash or something. We put our 20 month old in a stroller and she actually feel asleep.
Also, I thought it was going to be a paved trail. It’s not. I wore terrible shoes, and that wasn’t fun. Make sure to wear your hiking sandals or hiking boots, because it’s a hike.
This is the perfect hike if you are looking to enjoy the scenery and take a lot of pictures.
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
The other hike we did was the Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. This hike was also a little over a mile, but it was extremely beautiful. Also, it was kind of hard…at least for a pregnant lady. We did the loop, and it was switchbacks straight down, a little bit of straight trail, and then switch backs straight up the mountain. Thankfully, it wasn’t hot, or I would have probably died. That being said, I am pregnant and extremely out of shape, and I made it out just fine with a few rests here and there. If you are not pregnant and/or in good shape, you will be just fine.
Bryce Canyon is truly one of my favorite destinations in Utah. It’s beyond gorgeous, and it’s amazing to see how nature has done its thing over the years.
If you are planning a trip to Bryce Canyon, consider staying longer than we did, and participating in more hikes, and/or horse back riding. Also, don’t forget your camera. It is, as they say, 100% completely and utterly Instagram-worthy.
Remember, that it costs $30 a car to get into the park, but if you are an avid traveler, you can do what we did and buy a yearly national parks pass. These passes only cost $80, and will get you into any park in the United States, and its territories for the whole year. Yeah, it’s totally worth it. If you happen to be a senior citizen, this pass will only put you out $10. Oh yeah!
Bryce Canyon = 5 stars. It’s a must see in Utah.