Bryce Canyon National Park
It is only fair that my very first post in the blogging world be one that I am passionate about. Now tons of different things could come to mind but I believe sharing with you my favorite trip of 2015, so far, should be pretty interesting. In May my mother flew in from New England in search of discovering why I love my new home state so much. To appease her I thought it would be best to take a new journey together to a part of Utah I had not yet visited. We took off her second night there South on I-15 en route to Bryce Canyon National Park.
We arrived late in the evening and quickly tossed all our sleeping gear into the tepee. (Side Note: I was in the process of picking out a new tent and a tepee sounded out of the norm) The next morning we woke with aching backs and an urge for a large cup of coffee. We had stayed at Ruby's Inn RV Park & Campground because it was in a great location walking distance to the two restaurants in town, along the bus route, and only two miles to the park entrance.
That first full day we ate breakfast, along with every other meal, at Cowboy's Buffet and Steak Room. Now this restaurant is nothing to write home about but it is well priced, the food is hot, and it is in a great location that you do not need to drive to. After getting breakfast we started our day doing the Queen's Garden Trail connecting to Navajo Loop. It is an excellent hike that will bring you past a number of natural formations, including the queen herself. These two trails form a loop but the last half of a mile is along the rim. There are two main points in Bryce Canyon, sunrise and sunset point. This is the half a mile you must walk back to whichever you park at. We parked at Sunset Point and hiked around to Sunrise Point. There were threats of showers all along our hike that you could see in the distance. The walk along the rim was when the rain hit us, and then the hail. We ran the last half of a mile back to the car where we were able to take shelter and change into dry clothes. We hiked at a fast pace because it is never a good idea to be in a canyon when it rains for the chance of flash flooding. The risk wasn't as high in Bryce Canyon but there are parts of Southern Utah that have a high risk.
Upon going back to our tepee after the rain we found all our sleeping gear wet because get this, tepee's have a large hole in the ceiling. We knew but did not think that part through. Rather than try to dry our gear we opted for a hotel room at the Best Western Ruby Inn. It was only around $15 more for the night than our tepee would have been so well worth it. Once checked in we went and relaxed in the hot tub. Both of us were still chilled from our hail storm run. At 3pm once a month there is a lottery to enter for the chance to go on a full moon hike. This was part of the reason my mother and I had chosen to visit Bryce Canyon in hopes of experiencing the Hoodoo's at night. We were lucky enough to be a part of the group picked in the lottery to participate. Unfortunately not to our advantage was the amount of cloud cover that caused the moonlit hike to be canceled that evening.
Our second day in Bryce Canyon was set to be filled with 3 1/2 hours of horseback riding along Peek-a-boo loop trail. We went through Canyon Trail Rides to book this excursion. They offer 1/2 day and 2 hours trail rides on horses and mules at Bryce Canyon, Zion, and the Grand Canyon.
Over all with very little planning we had an excellent trip to Bryce Canyon in Utah. Please find links to companies, hotels, and campgrounds we utilized in the content of this article. Please comment below with any 'must do's' you suggest in Bryce!