Lightning Over Bryce

Lightning Over Bryce

There are few light shows that can even compare to the show mother nature can put on (I’m looking at you Las Vegas). Although in comparison, it’s quite unpredictable, which is why capturing an image like this of lightning over Bryce Canyon is so incredible.

I love the photographer Stefan Mitterwallner’s comment “A matter of patience and luck.”. Doesn’t that sum it up perfectly? As a photographer you may only get one or two chances to catch an image like this, but when you do it turns into something amazing.

It Also Showcases the Trails in Bryce Canyon Perfectly

Not only it is amazing, but it as showcases to those who haven’t yet visited Bryce, how the trails are laid out, and what to expect. Hiking in Bryce is one of the best things you can do, but some mistakenly get fearful of getting off of the pavement. This image illustrates that you have nothing to be worried about, and that you can find some incredible things as you venture down a Bryce Canyon hiking trail.

For those of you who have visited Bryce and hiked the Navajo Loop trail, can you honestly say that without hiking it that you really experienced all that Bryce has to offer?

“sometimes a brief moment, a flash in the distance is enough to be etched in our memories for years to come”

So this is our little plug, when you come to Bryce get out of the car and park it. That’s the only way you’ll ever even get a chance at seeing things like this image offers. And in truth seeing something like this will only be for a brief moment, because we all know how lightning works, but sometimes a brief moment, a flash in the distance is enough to be etched in our memories for years to come.

The Hoodoos

We felt this image was aptly named, The Hoodoos. If you or anyone else has ever wondered what a hoodoo is, then this image will illustrate it perfectly. It may be our biased opinion but there really isn’t any better or more stunning hoodoos in all the world. You could debate us on that, but you’d be wrong!

What It’s Like Hiking in Bryce

Have you ever wondered what it’s like hiking in Bryce? What to expect? What the trails and the traffic is like? Well this video of Bryce does an excellent job of showing you exactly what to expect when planning a hiking trip to Bryce Canyon.

Hiking in Bryce

The National Park Service has done an incredible job of developing Bryce Canyon’s hiking trails. That is one of the first things you’ll notice from this video. From well groomed trails to the stone staircases, you’re in good hands when you go hiking here.

Some come to Bryce and merely look over the edge and get some photos from the various lookouts. And then so often they claim they’ve now experienced Bryce. But for those who have gone off the beaten path and walked down into her depths know how much they miss out on.

Hiking in Bryce is truly a treasure. You’ll see things and experience the canyon in ways that just can’t be replicated from the top, from a picture, or even from someone else’s video of it. You just have to do it. You have to go down that trail and see for yourself all that there is to offer in this amazing park.

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Hiking Trails in Bryce

There are so many trails to choose between that it’s hard to narrow it down. But safe to say that the most popular, and also one of our favorites is the Navajo Loop trail. This is the one showcases on this video with the switchbacks. This is also the trail that will take you to the bottom of the canyon.

Once there you’ll be able to look up at Bryce, look up at her Hoodoos and be inspired by what you see. So there you have it, that’s what it’s like to hike in Bryce.

Hiking the Bristlecone Loop

The Bristlecone Loop is reachable at southern end of the park from Rainbow point, meanders the highest point of the park, and connects through the forest at an elevation of over 9,100 feet. The trial circles on the top of the upland above the adjacent canyons. You can notice a beautiful landscape all through the trial and it takes you to bristlecone pines which are considered some of the oldest plants alive, dating back 1,800 years; this is the only park where you can find the beautiful bristlecone pine trees.

Hiking the Bristlecone Loop

Hiking in Bryce Canyon is without a doubt one of the best things you can do here. And if you’re looking for a neutral place to stay in-between Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon, then take a look at Zion Ponderosa. They offer some of the best cabin style amenities it all of southern Utah, and are perfectly situated to give you easy access to both parks.

The forest looks radiant with Blue Spruce, White Fir and Douglas-fir and a home for woodpeckers, grouse, owls, chipmunks and squirrels.  You can also see Stiller’s Jays and Ravens in the forest.  And it is home for a lot of species and animals.  The trail will be closed during mid-winter season due to heavy snow. The trial will be covered with snow from 2 feet to 15 feet during this period.

  • Rainbow Point Parking:  Rainbow point is the starting point of the trail; you can find the parking lot at the end of the State route-63 to park your cars. From there you can reach the trail head for Yovimpa point, under the rim-trial, Rainbow point, and Riggs springs loop and finally Bristlecone Loop Trail.
  • Rainbow Point: Rainbow point is located at around 9,100 feet above the canyon.  The place is filled with awesome scenery of Deer Mountains, springs camping area, and Horse Mountain and other beautiful sites in Bryce Canyon.
  • Bristlecone Loop: The trail offers the breathtaking view of the beautiful Canyon at the southern end through Riggs Spring Loop, Horse Hollows, Mutton, Corral and Yovimpa pass.
  • Yovimpa Point: Take a good look at the Canyons below when you are walking on the trails at the Yovimpo point; you are sure experience the thrilling moments when you look down the canyons. It is located on the same plateau as Rainbow point.
  • Under the Rim Trail:  The parking lot is located where the Under the Rim Trail starts.  The trial starts slantingly and falls on the upland, then it turns east and circles around the west before finally reaching the Agua Canyon located at the north passing.

Conclusion:  Bristlecone Loop starts at a dirt fire road slope for the first 3 mi.  The loop turns to single-track at the intersection at the Bonanza Trail.  You can park the car from the top for the Upper Bristlecone Trail and lower bristlecone trail on Lee Canyon Rd.  It is also a famous place for hikers so stay vigilant for hikers.

Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

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