Monday, September 24, 2007

Winter Comes Early--Bryce Canyon is Waiting

In Utah's high country, winter comes early. A few years back we were "chased out" of the canyon country by snow in October. But now's a great time to catch the scenery without the huge crowds--and oppressive heat.

Bryce Canyon is unique among the "Crown Jewels" of the national park system--its wide ranging terrain takes you up nearly 2,000 feet and through three distinct climate zones. And the mysterious "hoodoos" formed by the action of water on sandstone never fail to do a little jaw dropping.

If you go with your trailer or fifth wheel, you'll need to "drop it" in a specified parking area, or leave it in your park camp site in order to appreciate the park. A long "uphill drive" takes you to viewpoints over the park's "amphitheatres," and trailers just aren't allowed. We took our truck camper instead, and were happy to perch on overlooks with our kitchen and own bathroom near at hand.

But as we said, winter comes soon. The cold nights are already sneaking in, and snow can't be far behind. Plan your visit by checking out the park's web site.

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