Anyway, from St. George we had about a 150 mile drive to where we were staying ( Tropic, Utah), a wide place in the road about 10 miles from the entrance to Bryce Canyon. Took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there ( the speed limit in Utah on the open road is 80 mph), but we were beat by the time we got there and literally just fell into bed.
The next morning, bright and early, we took off to the park, used our handy senior pass and got in free. To say we were blown away by the views is an understatement. I'm going to borrow a British expression, we were gob smacked. The canyon was incredible!!!! Two years ago we'd visited Zion Park in Utah and really enjoyed it, but in comparison to Bryce it is a rather small canyon. You drive through it easily. Bryce is immense and you view it from the rim, like the Grand Canyon.
|The park is named for Ebenezar Bryce, a Scotsman who became a Morman|
This is just a small part of the canyon
We then drove up to see the famous Arch.
We then continued on to an elevation of 9100 ft to Rainbow Point. We were tired of the car by then and did a mile walk along the Bristlecomb Trail. A mile doesn't sound far, but at 9100 ft, with ups and downs it was plenty.