Often overlooked by travelers are the treasures within their own country. The United States has as much natural beauty as any country on Earth and there is so much to see and do. It is a shame that so many people do not take the time to get to know this vast land. The western states of Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California hold a majority of our national parks. I intend to see each one and have seen 12 of them already. Perhaps my favorite thus far is Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Approximately a four-hour drive from Las Vegas and just an hour or so past Zion National Park is spectacular Bryce Canyon. Bryce is home to some of the most gorgeous rock formations, colors and contrasts that I have seen anywhere on Earth.
The hikes down at sunrise and sunset points are awesome. You feel as if you are getting lost in the pinkish sandstone monoliths that are more and more beautiful around every bend. The steep hike up and down is well worth the trouble. The views at the top and bottom are equally good but the best may be at sunset point for the hoodoos.
Bryce Canyon is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos formed by wind, water, and ice erosion of the river and lakebed sedimentary rocks. These hoodoos are nothing short of spectacular and create an amazing view anytime but especially at sunrise and sunset.
The day and night I was at Bryce was the night of the annular solar eclipse. They were handing out 3-D glasses as you enter the park and the park was mobbed with tourists and locals alike. They were armed with telescopes and powerful cameras. Bryce is apparently the best place in the country to watch the eclipse because of its location and elevation.
It was awesome. It was tough to take pictures of it with my point and shoot but taken thru the 3-D glasses it became possible to see the corona of the sun behind the moon. I wish I had a sped up motion video camera to show the 2 hours in entirety of the eclipse because it was that cool.
The surrounding town of Bryce Canyon City is pretty cool. It is very touristic but at the same time retains its old west old town charm in many ways.
Bryce Canyon is awesome and should not be missed. The US National Parks are very special and it seems there are more foreigners at the parks than there are Americans. That’s too bad, we should appreciate what we’ve got instead of focusing all our travels abroad.
See more of my Bryce Canyon National Park pictures on my Facebook Page