Wednesday – October 29, 2014
Bryce Canyon National Park
Another cool morning greeted us, here at the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Campground in Escalante, Utah. The temperature was in the low forties with the forecast to be in the lower sixties today. A perfect day for a road trip to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park is located 49 miles east of Escalante on Scenic Byway 12. Steep 8% grades, and 25 mph curves dominate some segments of the route to the park.
There are 14 viewpoints along Bryce Canyon’s 18-mile road (one-way distance). We took the auto tour today and visited 9 of the most popular viewpoints.
View Points Visited:
1. Sunset Point
2. Inspiration Point
3. Swamp Canyon
A raven joined us for a close-up photo op!
4. Farview Point
5. Natural Bridge
6. Agua Canyon
7. Ponderosa Canyon
8. Rainbow Point
Enjoying a picnic lunch at 9,115 feet!
9. Yovimpa Point
Bryce Canyon is world famous for its concentrations of stunningly bizarre and highly colorful eroded rock formations that include pillars, fins, spires, mazes, and Pink Cliff columns, called hoodoos. These rock formations are formed primarily due to freezing and thawing cycles within fractures in the rock. Uplifting of Utah’s High Plateaus contributed to formation of the Grand Staircase, with Bryce Canyon at the top.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.