During this most recent 3-day weekend, Adam and I, along with a couple of our friends, traveled to Utah to visit another National Park that is within driving distance of Las Vegas: Bryce Canyon National Park.
|yay! another stamp in my National Park Passport =)
The trail was really remarkable. There were a series of switchbacks that led you further and further into the natural amphitheater. In addition, there were countless overlooks that just took your breath away (and provided opportunities for shadow pictures).
|V-O-L-S! Go Vols Go!!!
Once we got to the bottom, we began walking through a forest of hoodoos and incredibly tall evergreen trees.
We coninued along until we came to a fork for the Navajo Trail. This trail is normally a loop on its own that starts and finishes at Sunset Point (not to be confused with Sunrise Point, where we started our hike). However, the part that walks through "Wall Street" was closed due to falling rock. We climbed out of the canyon on the "Two Bridges Side" of the Navajo Trail. We hiked back to the rim of the canyon at Sunset Point and the view was still inspiring.
Overall, it was a great hike. It was just under 3 miles (2.9 miles) with about 550 ft in elevation change. I would highly recommend going to Bryce in the winter. First, the red rock and the white snow...wow. Second, it is far less crowded.