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Hiking in Bryce Canyon (United States)

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To practice hiking in Bryce Canyon It is one of the activities that I will never remember in my multiple trips to the state of Utah in the United States. Landscapes taken from a science fiction movie, where reddish colors over impossible cliffs reign on all four sides and stalagmite-shaped ground needles (fairy chimneys) make it look like we are in an open-air cave. This and much more awaits us at Bryce Canyon.


Bryce Canyon hiking

Bryce Canyon hiking

Getting to know Bryce Canyon

One of the biggest advantages of hiking in Bryce Canyon is its mild temperatures. Despite its proximity to the deserts of Nevada and Arizona, Bryce Canyon and its average altitude of 2400 meters makes temperatures collapse and even cold on some days in August. In our case the average temperature was 20 degrees in the company of an unexpected hailstorm.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The latter is common because summer storms are the order of the day, which we have to pay attention to. In Bryce Canyon numerous rays fall and we will see the traces of these in many trees of the national park. Therefore it is not surprising that we see warnings on all 4 sides.


Bryce Canyon hiking

In Bryce Canyon we made two routes, one of them raining and with the road very slippery, the Navajo Trail. The next day and with sun, we made theFairyland Loop, perhaps the best 1-day route in the national park. Two routes with similar flavors but of different demands. The Navajo is fine to know the park if our physical condition is not very healthy. On the other hand, the Fayryland Loop is much longer and more beautiful, but its 15 kilometers will make many think before doing it.

The Navajo Trail route

The Navajo Trail It is one of the best known and accessible routes in the park. It begins and ends at the well-known viewpoint of Sunset point and travel a total of 3 kilometers in a little less than an hour and a half. It came to us with pearls as we arrived in the afternoon, a couple of hours after dark.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The funny thing is that 1 hour before starting the route a hailstorm fell accompanied by a few lightning and thunder. Subsequently, time eased and luck was in our hands for the next two days. Even so, not everything was perfect, the storm left only muddy and slippery roads because of the sandstone. This is important to review since there have been several landslides in recent years. Bryce is a continuous changing landscape.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The road starts down very steeply down a winding winding road. This overlooks a narrow canyon surrounded by fairy chimneys. The funny thing is that in the middle of this several trees were born where at first sight it seemed impossible.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The route is completely circular and once we reach the bottom we will cross other routes of the national park that can confuse us. However, following the numerous informative posters we had no complications.


Bryce Canyon hiking

As it was logical, everything that we had lowered you had to raise it again. Of course, on a different path, just as steep but with much more mud. In fact sometimes you walked two meters and went down half a meter :-D. So until we cross the road, very close to a beautiful viewpoint.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The Fairyland Loop Route

The next day and with much better time, we made the Fairyland Loop. A route of 15 kilometers and almost 600 meters of unevenness that are usually made in just over 4 hours. It begins in the Fairyland Point, located just over 1 kilometer north of the Sunset point.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The first kilometers traveled in the north direction cover the highest levels, touching the 2500 meters of altitude. Extremely beautiful landscapes and that are only a snack of what awaits us later.


Bryce Canyon hiking

Crowd of impossible mushroom-shaped rocks, holes that cross sand towers and of course numerous fairy chimneys, the best known image of Bryce Canyon.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The route begins to descend gently, beginning to see the pine forests that are enclosed between canyons. As it is early there is no one on the route except for the nice squirrels that are released in search of finding some food.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The formations that surround us are splendid, there are no words to define them. They are so strange and colorful that they encourage you to take one picture after another. It is a no stop. We could stay here days and days and we wouldn't get tired of walking.


Bryce Canyon hiking

Later the landscape becomes more desert. The trees disappear and we walk along a path high on a hill. The heat hits hard despite being 2300 meters high, but in any case it is not comparable to that of Zion National Park.


Bryce Canyon hiking

The desert is beautiful without a doubt, the reddish colors increase it and despite the reigning solitude I am in love with the landscape. We have already traveled three thirds of the route and it is time to eat and enjoy the company of the squirrels. Mind you, look, since we shouldn't feed them.


Bryce Canyon hiking

After the stop we arrived at a viewpoint that pointed to an area where several holes crossed the mountain and a place called tower bridge. Both quite impressive.


Bryce Canyon hiking

We begin to climb and the views as we overcome meters remind us of the Sunset Point. We have nothing left to get to the fairyland point and all of us who are marching are clear that it has been the best route we have made in Bruce Canyon to date.

Practical data

Before leaving for the United States

  • United States Planet's Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental in USA with a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in the United States

When to go to Bryce Canyon?

Bryce Canyon is completely snowed in winter and part of spring. The highest part is used as a cross-country ski resort and the routes we have mentioned above can be closed without warning because of the ice. For all this it is best to go from May to the end of October.

Where to sleep in Bryce Canyon?

The truth is that there are not too many accommodation options. The most economical are the campsites, located in several strategic areas of the park. Then there are the hotels, all of them at the entrance of the park and whose prices are usually high. We leave you a list of them:

  • Foster's Motel: Bryce's most economical and located outside the park. It is very close anyway and has a good restaurant where we had dinner one day.
  • Best Western PLUS Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel: the best and most expensive hotel in the area. It was our choice as there were no places in other hotels. The restaurant is not very good ...
  • Bryce Canyon resort: located at the entrance of the park near other hotels and restaurants. It has a good atmosphere.

What does it cost to enter Bryce Canyon?

It cost us free for being the week of national parks in the United States. On a normal day the pass costs 30$ per vehicle regardless of the number of passengers.

What to take to Bryce Canyon?

The most important thing is water, a good sunscreen like a hat and sunscreen. It is also a place where it can be very cold. A jacket and a raincoat are necessary.

Other places to visit

  • Zion National Park
  • Lake Powell

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