Can you believe I am still talking about my trip to Utah that we took in June? We were only gone four days, but we packed a lot in! On our second day, we left the Willis Slot Canyon and drove over to the Bryce Canyon National Park.
You’ll need a park pass to get in, and they will give you a map. Leashed dogs are allowed on all paved surfaces, which includes overlooks. Just remember the heat factor. If you go when it’s scorching hot, your dog’s paws can burn. Be mindful. Everyone needs to hydrate!
I had never been to Bryce Canyon before. Mom and dad toured it PK (pre-Kuma) on their motorcycle but basically did a drive by. Today, we would take time to view it and drive around. Unlike the Grand Canyon where you look down at the river, this canyon has red rocks poking up. Mom said they are either fins, windows or Hoodoo’s. Through time, wind and rain, the fins or walls of red rock erode and create windows and/or bridges that you can see through. Then these erode further to create the standing structures called Hoodoo’s.
Anyway, you’ll enter the park on the north side and drive south. All the action will be on the east side. If you don’t take the overlooks, you will miss it! Because you are looking down, you need to go to the viewing areas. As I mentioned, we hoteled it Panguitch, but if you wanted to camp, Bryce has a campground as well as lodge right there in the park.
The wind tends to kick up, so hold on to your hat…and each other! We met folks from all over the place. Bryce Canyon National Park is something to see! Humans are allowed to hike down below through the Hoodoo’s, but in my opinion, it looked awful hot. I was okay not going. I think dad would like to go back and do it, though.
If all you do is drive and pull off at viewing areas, you will have seen a big chunk of the park. They did an excellent job of making it very accessible. I’m sure you could spend days there, but we had an afternoon. True to my family’s nature, we come, we see and we move on to the next thing!
It was later in the afternoon, so the red rock was glowing. Seeing any of the red rock at different times of day is a must. We saw the Red Canyon State Park early in the morning on our way out, and now we were returning at dusk.
This state park is located along Scenic Byway 12, about nine miles outside of Bryce Canyon National Park. It is part of the Dixie National Forest, and it is free. It’s not very big, but man, it is impressive with a couple tunnels.
Hiking trails are all around, so mom used All Trails LINK to find one that would be short but pretty for us. We did the Photo Trail, which is a half mile out and then back. We literally just parked along the side of the road and hoofed it straight up that red rock. I don’t know what got into me. I should have been exhausted from the long day, but I got my third wind! I was ready to run up that thing. Mom and dad, not so much. Since we are attached, I had to slow it down.
We were in the red rock, and it was glowing. As we got higher up, we had magnificent views of the surrounding area. Just breathtaking. Sometimes the quick stops at the last minute are the best! We really enjoyed this hike and wrapped up just as the sun was setting. What a fabulous way to end the day.
Now I was tired. I immediately plopped down into my doggie bed, only to be awaken to head out for dinner. Did we really need to eat? I’m good. Nope, mom and dad wanted to celebrate their anniversary. Oh yeah, that’s why we were here. Duh. What we didn’t know is Panguitch rolls up the streets and closes down on Sunday’s. Ooops. Flaw in our plan. No awesome steak dinner where I get the bone. Instead, we ended up at Subway. Mom got a salad, and I don’t like salad. Drats. I smelled some pizza, though. I didn’t know Subway had pizzas, but you learn something new every day. It wasn’t fancy, but I got some cheese.
And with that, I was back in my bed. Sleep came quickly and soundly. What an adventure this has been. We still needed to drive home, so I’ll tell you about that next week. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we just loved our time in Utah. What a beautiful place. We will be back!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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