We hopped in the car for spring break and headed to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Our first fun hike was at Red Canyon for an up close and personal encounter with hoodoos, arches and other interesting rock formations. This was followed by an easy observation of Bryce Canyon via the Rim Trail and Sunrise Point.

We stayed at Ruby’s Inn, which seems to monopolize the entrance to Bryce Canyon. In retrospect, we would choose to stay in the historic lodge and cabins in the park.

We enjoyed “the ultimate hike” which included Navajo, Queen’s Garden and Peekaboo trails. We are still pondering how these 6.4 miles seemed to go more up than down. On the morning that we rose to view the sunrise, we were honored with a setting full moon. The sensational colors of the sunrise made the subfreezing temperature almost bearable. A chartered flight provided crystal clear views of Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and Monument Valley. (picture to left)

 

 

On another remarkable day we ventured to Zion National Park. We hiked into nooks and crannies and saw emerald pools and many awe inspiring vistas. Baby mountain goats hopped from ledge to ledge. Brave rock climbers dangled from the massive faces of the canyon walls.

Perhaps our most adventurous feat was when we scrambled up to some roadside caves outside Zion National Park. These caves contain many hollows and such caves seem to pepper the hillsides.

 

All in all our family of four took well over a thousand photos of this astonishing landscape. We were blessed with perfect hiking weather, high of 60. Our spring break was picture-perfect.

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