Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bryce Canyon - early spring with snow

We went to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in Utah this spring. Bryce along with Zion are both very different from all the other National and State parks in Utah. Daily 5+ mile hikes which included more elevation change than distance hikes was typical of this park.

The above shot is at sunrise at Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Ponderosa Pine on Wall Street at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. This is part of the Queens Garden Trail beginning at Sunrise Point, descending 320 feet (98m), is considered the least difficult trail entering the canyon from the rim. Traveling this trail you will see many hoodoos, representative of garden like features.

Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches in Bryce Canyon and creates a beautiful scene at this viewpoint. This arch, sculpted from some of the reddest rock of the Claron Formation (rich in iron oxide minerals), poses a stark contrast to the dark green of the Ponderosa forest that peeks through the arch from the canyon below.

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