Next stop on our summer vacation driving the Grand Circle was Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. This canyon is so different from Zion but equally stunning because of all the layers of red rock.
The weather is about 20 degrees lower then Zion so instead of shorts and t-shirts, we were in pants and long sleeves. Most of our time was cloudy and drizzly so we wore our rain jackets.
But even with the cooler wet weather, the canyon was beautiful.
On our last day, the weather cleared up, it was sunny and warm, and we could spend the day exploring the canyon. I took my parents and Baby on a wagon ride to the canyon.
My husband took Princess and my sister on an ATV tour. Both were great and were guided so we got to hear history and ask questions. Both our groups randomly ran into each other at one of the view points.
Texas Dave was our wagon tour guide. Baby really wanted to take the horseback tour but she wasn’t old enough to ride a horse so we did the wagon tour. Texas Dave let her sit in the front and hold the reigns and she was very happy.
After the wagon ride, he let both girls ride a horse around the coral and they were over the moon.
This isn’t something that is normally offered so the girls felt so special.
After the tours we headed into Bryce Canyon for a hike.
Since you start at the top and hike to the bottom, the trails are steep and don’t have guard rails, my mom and Baby waited for us at the top.
Walking down the trail was awesome! We walked from the top of the hoodoos, pillars of rock left standing after millions of years of erosion, all the way down to the bottom of the canyon.
Princess braved the hike with us. She was a good sport, it was steep and the whole trail was in the sun.
We made it to the bottom. We did the Queens Garden Trail, named because one of the hoodoos at the bottom of the trail has a rock formation that looks like Queen Victoria. It’s the hoodoo right behind us.
We hiked back up after a rest at the bottom. The view from the top on the rim is unbelievable.
So in awe of God’s creations,
The Dumpling Mama xo