If you love red rock in thousands of different formations then Bryce National Park is the place for you. You can find Bryce National Park in southwestern Utah. Bryce Canyon is a collection of giant natural amphitheaters. The geological structures in Bryce are called Hoodoos which are formed by frost weathering and erosion from the stream of the river and lake bed. Bryce National Park is several established and marked trails that are fun to hike. Of course some of the hikes are longer and more difficult than others, but all of the trails have beautiful views.
You can see beautiful panoramic views from the road if you don’t like to or can’t hike but if you want to see Bryce Canyon up close you are going to have to take at least one hike. There are many look out points along the road. You can drive around the Park in a day easy. I enjoy the gorgeous scenery in the winter when there is snow in the Park. Bryce does get some snow, but not a ton and Bryce is open year round 24/7. The visitors center and fee booths are closed on Christmas Day but the roads are open should you want to visit then.
Zion National Park is another park that is not too far away from Bryce Canyon. Zion doesn’t have a lot of red rock like Bryce does but it has more water with lovely rivers and pools you can hike to, streams and more hiking trails. You can’t drive around Zions National Park like you used to be able to. You have to take a shuttle around inside the park, which in my opinion is kind of nice because I don’t have to worry about watching the road and I can see the scenery because I’m not driving.
The shuttle runs March through October, other times of the year you can drive inside the park. My favorite hike in Zion’s is The Narrows Trails. The hike is relatively short and has a paved trail so that you could even take a wheelchair on the trail if you wanted to. The trail is very flat and goes along the river the whole way and the end of the trail is where The Narrows begins. You can see The Narrows best if you get in the water and walk on the very shallows rocks but you don’t have to. Have fun in Utah
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