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Explosion of colors at Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

It's been exactly 20 years since Lee and I first visited Bryce Canyon but that visit was a brief drive thru on a day trip from the Grand Canyon

It's been exactly 20 years since Lee and I first visited Bryce Canyon but that visit was a brief drive thru on a day trip from the Grand Canyon

Natural Bridge is 85 ft high but it's really an arch; formed over millions of years by wind, water and chemical erosion it's an essential photo op along the 18 mile Scenic Drive

Natural Bridge is 85 ft high but it's really an arch; formed over millions of years by wind, water and chemical erosion it's an essential photo op along the 18 mile Scenic Drive

Bryce Canyon lies between 8000 and 9100 ft above sea level and is very dry; Chapstick is essential and your clothes and shoes will be covered in dust

Bryce Canyon lies between 8000 and 9100 ft above sea level and is very dry; Chapstick is essential and your clothes and shoes will be covered in dust

I loved spotting the endangered Utah prairie dogs in the park!; during high season a shuttle service runs throughout the park since parking is very limited at the most popular trailheads and overlooks

I loved spotting the endangered Utah prairie dogs in the park!; during high season a shuttle service runs throughout the park since parking is very limited at the most popular trailheads and overlooks

Bryce Canyon is actually a series of giant, natural amphitheaters; the red, orange and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views and endless photo ops

Bryce Canyon is actually a series of giant, natural amphitheaters; the red, orange and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views and endless photo ops

Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks; despite its remote location, the park sees almost 3 million visitors a year

Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks; despite its remote location, the park sees almost 3 million visitors a year

Bristlecone pines can live to be thousands of years old and are highly resilient to harsh weather and bad soils; they do poorly in good soil but do very well where most other plants cannot even grow, such as in rocky soils with virtually no rainfall

Bristlecone pines can live to be thousands of years old and are highly resilient to harsh weather and bad soils; they do poorly in good soil but do very well where most other plants cannot even grow, such as in rocky soils with virtually no rainfall

One afternoon I did the Peekaboo Trail which involved a steep, slippery descent and then an endless climb back out of the amphitheater; it starts and ends at Bryce Point which is where people are standing just above the center of the photo

One afternoon I did the Peekaboo Trail which involved a steep, slippery descent and then an endless climb back out of the amphitheater; it starts and ends at Bryce Point which is where people are standing just above the center of the photo

The Wall of Windows; Bryce was not formed from erosion initiated from a central stream, meaning it technically is not a canyon

The Wall of Windows; Bryce was not formed from erosion initiated from a central stream, meaning it technically is not a canyon

Scooby-Doo Hoodoo; some of the hoodoos are named but I saw this one and named it myself; viewing the hoodoos is like a Rohrschach test with each person seeing something different

Scooby-Doo Hoodoo; some of the hoodoos are named but I saw this one and named it myself; viewing the hoodoos is like a Rohrschach test with each person seeing something different

I stayed at 100 yr old Ruby's Inn just outside the park; the campgrounds were full and there are very few hotels close to the park with Ruby's being the largest

I stayed at 100 yr old Ruby's Inn just outside the park; the campgrounds were full and there are very few hotels close to the park with Ruby's being the largest

The hikes in Bryce Canyon are deceptively challenging; the footing is treacherous in places and the climb out of the amphitheater at the end of a hike is brutal

The hikes in Bryce Canyon are deceptively challenging; the footing is treacherous in places and the climb out of the amphitheater at the end of a hike is brutal

The Uintah chipmunks are about the same size as a rat but much cuter; their primary diet consists of seeds from fir and pine trees along with berries

The Uintah chipmunks are about the same size as a rat but much cuter; their primary diet consists of seeds from fir and pine trees along with berries

Bryce Canyon is surrounded by the 2  million acre Dixie National Forest; the warm temperatures made early settlers think of the Deep South hence the name (but will it be changed?)

Bryce Canyon is surrounded by the 2+ million acre Dixie National Forest; the warm temperatures made early settlers think of the Deep South hence the name (but will it be changed?)

Due to its remote location, Bryce has one of the darkest skies in North America; you can see 7500 stars here with the naked eye versus only a couple of dozen when in a large city

Due to its remote location, Bryce has one of the darkest skies in North America; you can see 7500 stars here with the naked eye versus only a couple of dozen when in a large city

Hoodoos exist on every continent but Bryce Canyon has the largest concentration on earth; I loved the hoodoos (fairy chimneys) in Cappadocia, Turkey too

Hoodoos exist on every continent but Bryce Canyon has the largest concentration on earth; I loved the hoodoos (fairy chimneys) in Cappadocia, Turkey too

Bryce Canyon can easily be seen by just stopping at the many viewpoints along the Scenic Road; like Zion, admission is $35 per car and is good for a week

Bryce Canyon can easily be seen by just stopping at the many viewpoints along the Scenic Road; like Zion, admission is $35 per car and is good for a week

Masks were not required in the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center nor in my hotel, grocery store or shops; this is despite Utah and nearby Arizona setting daily Covid-19 records

Masks were not required in the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center nor in my hotel, grocery store or shops; this is despite Utah and nearby Arizona setting daily Covid-19 records

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