We left our cozy little KOA cabin about 10:00am heading for Bryce Canyon NP, which took us about two and half hours. We headed north on I-15 at 75 mph, with a speed limit of 80 mph, before turning east toward Bryce Canyon on a two-lane road that was excellent. As we approached Bryce we went through a couple of tunnels that were cut out of the red sandstone.
We arrived at the Visitor Center about 12:30 and after viewing the informative video we headed out to find a picnic area for lunch. We found a nice spot with little birds hopping on and off the table, oblivious to our presence. The temperature turned chilly at about 55 degrees and the table was in the shade so we quickly ate lunch and after packing up went back to the Visitor Center to catch the shuttle that would take us to several amazing overlooks. We had checked the weather app on our iPhones earlier in the day so we knew it would be chilly and therefore wore long sleeves and pants so we were relatively comfortable with a jacket.
The shuttle buses are a very efficient and no stress way to get to the overlooks. We never had to wait more than a few minutes each time. Again, photos cannot do justice to the amazing scenes of God’s handiwork that took millions of years to evolve to their present state.
In Bryce Canyon your view is from above the scene, whereas in Zion your view is from the floor of the canyon and everything is above you. This gives you two distinctively different perspectives on the overwhelming displays of nature’s creative expression.
Our motel for the night is in Cedar City so we returned from Bryce by different route than the one we took getting there. This drive was beautiful. The Aspen and Birch trees had already turned to their beautiful fall, golden colors.
We are back in a hotel room for the first time in twelve days and we miss our cozy KOA cottages. Tomorrow night we will be in Ely, Nevada, and then Sunday night we will be in Reno, with our return to Livermore on Monday.
Thanks much for following along with us as we journey across the west.