Hiking and Exploring in Bryce Canyon National Park!
The mysterious landscape of Bryce Canyon National Park draws us along its winding trails into the heart of Utah’s “Grand Staircase” on this weekend adventure. From the rustic elegance of Bryce Lodge, we emerge intocool pine forests atop a sweeping amphitheater defined by row upon row of “hoodoos,” surreal rock pinnacles painted in swaths of fiery orange, crimson, and rose. Every turn in the trail brings a different perspective as our expert guides share their knowledge of the park’s natural wonders and intriguing history.
Next, we venture deeper into the solitude of southwestern canyon country with a day spent exploring Escalante National Monument. Here we descend through Willis Creek, a slot canyon described by ancient peoples as “a place where water paints a picture of itself,” before journeying up the lush riparian corridor of Calf Creek. We relax beneath a 130-foot waterfall as we marvel at the power of water to transformthe harsh desert to a lovely streamside environment.
Our adventures culminate in a glorious sunrise hike down Bryce Canyon’s Wall Street, where we’re surrounded by the most high-rise stands of hoodoos yet. We ascend through the delicate peaks of Queen’s Garden back to the rim before waving farewell to the landscape that will stay embedded deep in our memories.
Hiking and Exploring in Bryce Canyon National Park
- Explore one of the Monument’s most accessible slot canyons at Willis Creek
- Relax among the prehistoric sandstone formations at Kodachrome State Park while our guides prepare lunch
Duration: 4 days Start Location: Las Vegas, NV End Location: Las Vegas, NVDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : PICK UP IN LAS VEGAS AND TRANSFER TO BRYCE NATIONAL PARK
Depart from Las Vegas and climb out of the stark Mojave Desert onto the western reaches of the Colorado Plateau, a great geologic formation that houses the most iconic sights of the Southwest. Bryce Canyon sits on one of the highest reaches of the plateau, and we arrive to the rim just in time to see the sunset illuminating the fiery orange pinnacles, or “hoodoos,” that fill the void below. We settle into our lodge, just minutes away from the rim, and enjoy the fine dining of Bryce Lodge before getting a good night’s rest in anticipation of adventures to come.
Day 2 : FULL DAY OF HIKING AT BRYCE NATIONAL PARK
After a hearty breakfast, we depart straight from our lodge to hike the Fairyland Loop. We wind our way into Bryce Amphitheater among the towering hoodoos, approaching the delicate Tower Bridge and dominating Sinking Ship. Our guides set up a picnic lunch in the shade of bristlecone pines before we head back to the rim. Later today, we drive out to Bryce Point for a panoramic overlook of the park and the Grand Staircase beyond. Shuttle back or stretch your legs along the Rim Trail 2.5 miles back to our hotel, where we’ll enjoy a savory dinner.
Day 3 : EXPLORE THE CANYONS OF ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT
Today we take advantage of the incredible natural diversity of Southern Utah, traveling a mere hour from Bryce to an entirely different environment in Escalante National Monument. First we enter Willis Creek, a slot canyon carved through Navajo Sandstone. Over millions of years, wind and water have delved deep into what was once the largest sand dune desert on the planet. Later, we enjoy lunch under the pinnacles of Kodachrome State park and hike up a shady riverside trail at Calf Creek, where we leave the arid desert for a lush waterfall-fed amphitheater
Day 4 : SUNRISE HIKE AND TRANSFER TO LAS VEGAS
We save the best for last, beginning our morning hike with a glorious sunrise at the rim of Bryce. As we descend Wall Street, the tallest hoodoos we’ve encountered yet light up in waves of orange and magenta. We climb back to the rim through the mystical twists and turns of Queen’s Garden. After we depart our lodge, we recall the weekend’s adventures over lunch at the quaint Bryce Pines restaurant before heading back to Las Vegas.
DATES: Best time to go: April - June, August - October Departures: May 8 - 11, 2014 Jul 10 - 13, 2014 Aug 14 - 17, 2014 Sep 11 - 14, 2014 Oct 2 - 5, 2014
Bryce LodgeBryce, Utah
The Lodge is ideally located nearby the canyon's rim and hiking trailheads. Guests are only steps away from scenic viewpoints, fine dining, shopping, and park programs.
The lodge is a non smoking property. All rooms have telephones, clock radios, hair dryers, coffee-makers, portable fans, and thermostat-controlled heat.
To preserve the lodge's rustic feel and experience, there are no televisions on the property, including guest rooms. No air conditioning is needed, as the mild climate in Bryce, boasts summer highs rarely in the 80's along with lows in the 40's and 50's. We do offer wi fi in the main lodge. (Coverage does not reach guest rooms.)
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