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We visited the Bryce Canyon Visitor’s Center to learn about the area and plan our visit. There were forest fires burning on one end of the park so the main road was closed a few miles from the end of the drive. We drove in and stopped at some scenic areas, but it was Friday afternoon and the park was getting full of tourists. We decided to leave and explore other areas and come back next week after the crowds diminish.
The next day, we used our new backcountry road book and drove a parallel off-road path to the Bryce Canyon scenic drive. This took us out to a peak where we could see other rock formations and look across at the tourists in the park looking in our direction probably wondering how we got up there. We had a nice picnic and returned to camp.
On another day, we visited Zion Canyon National Park and hiked back in to the “Narrows.” Well, we hiked the 2.5 miles to at least see where the Narrows Trail really begins, but opted out of wading into the river. We did a couple other hikes and marveled at how different this was compared to Bryce Canyon only a couple hours away.
Back at Bryce Canyon, we studied the geography and were convinced there must be a way to get to the canyon floor other than climbing down the steep trails. We drove around to Tropic, Utah and headed north along a dirt road toward the canyon. We arrived at a boundary fence for the adjoining wilderness area and donned our hiking gear. We hiked two miles through the wilderness area along a trail that gradually sloped upward before reaching the boundary for Bryce Canyon Park. We entered and were amazed at the beauty of the Hoodoos when you walk among them on the canyon floor. In total, we probably hiked over 7 miles. It might have been easier to just take the steep trail down, but hey, we are different.
We said our good byes and they headed west and we headed east.
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