Over a five day span, we visited Zion Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon.
We only had one night at Zion, so we did a quick hike to the Canyon Overlook when we arrived Wednesday evening, and then hiked the Watchman trail Thursday morning before hitting the road again.
On the drive down to the Grand Canyon, we made a quick stop at the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. At 710 ft, it’s almost as tall as the Hoover Dam, and is slightly wider.
When we pulled into the Grand Canyon park, we were shocked to see patches of snow on the ground! It looked like some parking lots had even been plowed recently. Before checking into our motel, we stopped at the Desert View lookout point. As famous as the Grand Canyon is, we were still amazed by the sheer size of the chasm.
We spent Friday morning hiking the South Kaibab trail to Cedar Point, about 1000 ft down into the canyon. The drop from the rim to the river is about one vertical mile, and it was heavily suggested you not make the return hike in a single day.
In the afternoon we caught the shuttle to various lookout points and walked along the rim trail. We learned that conservationists have been working successfully to repopulate the California Condor, though we were not able to spot any of these massive birds. We did however see about fifty elk (only almost hit one) as well as several mule deer.
On Saturday we drove back north into Utah, making a quick stop at Horseshoe Bend, and then into Bryce Canyon National Park. We planned on hiking all day Sunday, following the rim trail and then hiking the Queen’s Garden and Navajo loop down into the amphitheatre. Unfortunately about 45 minutes into our walk, we got soaked by a thunderstorm.
After a break at our motel to dry off and nap until the rain died down, we returned to Bryce for a late afternoon walk.