Bryce Canyon, UT
We left Torrey Sunday morning before 8:30, a near record for us, and headed for Bryce Canyon. The early departure was because the weather forecast in Bryce for the beginning part of the week is predicting rain, so the nimble hiker wanted to take advantage of the partly cloudy skies to get in a hike as soon as we were set up in our site at Ruby’s RV Park, just outside the gate to the national park. When we stayed here three years ago our site was in a new section of the park that was basically a large gravel lot with rows of sites. This year we are in the same section but they have done some major improvements to the area between sites, adding a large grass area and a gravel area for a picnic table and fire pit.
After setting up the motorhome we headed into the park for a hike. Just inside the park boundary and about a mile before the gate we turned left on to a paved side road leading to the parking lot for the Fairyland Canyon overlook.
The Fairyland Trail descends into the canyon on the left side of the overlook, winds through the canyon for 5.5 miles, and comes back out near the North Campground. At that point you can make the hike a loop by taking the Rim Trail for 2.5 miles back to the Fairyland Overlook.
One of the difficult things about creating a blog about Bryce Canyon is selecting which photos to include. If you stop anywhere along the trail and turn around in a circle you will find a beautiful view in every direction. Below are just a sampling of the many photos we took during our tour through Fairyland Canyon.
This hike is labeled strenuous by the National Park Service due to its length (8 miles) and elevation change (1,716 feet overall, which includes the many ups and downs in the canyon). But the beautiful views at every turn make it worth the effort.