We arrived at Bryce Canyon yesterday and made the most of the good weather. This is such a beautiful landscape to admire from the rim and from the canyon below. We did a lot of hiking, down into the Queen’s Garden and then back up to the rim, all the way to Inspiration Point. We didn’t realize how high in altitude this park is and were surprised to see snow still clinging to the cliffs. Today we awoke to gray clouds and cold temps, not as favorable for hiking, but we took a walk along the rim and drove out to see the distant view points. Rainbow Point, at the far end of the park road is almost the same elevation as Mt. Crested Butte, at 9,100′.
We are camping just outside the park, but conveniently the park shuttle stops right here. The National Park Service has done a great job of reducing traffic congestion in the parks with the use of buses. It also give you a lot of freedom to make one way hikes without having to worry about getting back to your car! Anyway, nice campground here in Bryce Canyon City. We enjoyed chatting with our neighbors last evening who turned out to be olympic medal winning bobsledders (you just never know who you are going to meet) before the cooling temps chased us inside. Tonight we actually have to unhook our water since there is a chance of freezing. We thought we were done with cold weather!