This spring we had a chance to visit another National Park, Bryce Canyon. While it is not very far from Zion NP, they are entirely different. Zion is a in the Canyon while Bryce is on top, yes I am being general here. Zion is intense views of the geology while Bryce is sweeping views. Both have famous trails, we did Angel’s Landing in Zion while we did Queens Garden in Bryce.
I was shocked by the amount of snow and cold temps in Bryce. There was even a bit of the road with low visibility due to the high winds on the ridge blowing snow across the road. Zion was full of people and wildlife; Bryce was so wonderfully peaceful and quiet. I would say serene.
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Last year we had the opportunity to visit three wonderful National Parks; Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Sequoia. This year we found some time off while in Utah and couldn’t pass up the chance of visiting two more National Treasures. A few years ago we took an Easter trip to Canyonlands and Arches, both must see!!! Our route this spring took us through a small town called Kanab, which is located right between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. With a four-day gap in the schedule we made haste and enjoyed the views.
First stop was Zion and a crazy hike to Angel’s Landing. Now I should preface this with neither Josh or I are afraid of heights and we are both exceptionally sure-footed. This nearly 2.5-mile trail leads you up trails, switchback and some sheer drops to a crest of 5,790 feet. What makes this scary is that for most is that for the last half mile you are scaling rocks with only an interspersed chain to help you up and down. It is epic, a very fun hike and on the clear day we had nothing something to fear. Although we did see more than a few folks have troubles with the height. I think it was the perfect place for lunch.
Even if you don’t have the desire to scale a cliff, the rest of the trails and views are just amazing. We every trail, picnic table and stop sign is welcome to views that give you pause. In total we hiked five trails and had a few delightful encounters with the local wildlife.
I know I’ve said this about nearly every National Park but there really is nothing like it.