Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon was hands down my favorite park in Utah! It was our last stop on our trip and a true grand finale.
Figure 8 Combination Hike
We took a shuttle from our hotel in the tiny town of Bryce Canyon to the national park, talked to the park rangers at the visitors center, and they recommended the “Figure 8 Combination” hike in the Bryce Amphitheater area.
The hike is a combination of Queen’s Garden, Peekaboo Loop, and Navajo Loop. At the recommendation of our shuttle driver we started at Inspiration Point, walking along the canyon rim trail to Sunset Point, and descended into the canyon from there to start the Figure 8.
A ranger highlighted the hike in green for me on the map below:
The ranger who I talked to said the Figure 8 Combination would get us “into the heart of the park” and it sure did! We climbed the equivalent of 220 floors. By the end of the day (with a little extra time spent casually strolling the rim trail after lunch) we had hiked 12 miles.
I hiked the hoodoos!
Hoodoos are the tall columns of rock all over the park (and my new favorite word). Bryce Canyon has a fun challenge to “hike the hoodoos” and find these coins along the way.
Maybe I liked Bryce the best because we spent the most time outside on a longer hike
I love the National Park for many reasons, but one reason is that anyone can enjoy them — whether you stay in your car a lot of the time or spend days in the wilderness.
Our version of Bryce was the perfect balance for me. We got away from the crowds and got our exercise exploring the park, but I we didn’t rough it too much 🙂
INTERESTED IN VISITING THE PARKS IN UTAH?
VisitUtah.com has published several itinerary options for visiting Utah’s “Mighty 5” National Parks.
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If you’ve visited any of the Utah parks leave a comment and let me know your favorite!