Monthly Archive for June, 2013

Bryce Canyon

Over Memorial Day weekend, we made it out to Bryce Canyon in Utah for a great long weekend of  camping, mountain biking and hiking! Bryce Canyon is a spectacular National Park.

Spacious Red Canyon Campground outside of the park. This is a 1st come campground, no reservations. We lucked out and got the last spot which ended up being the group site. This site was only $10.00 more dollars a night and provided a lot more space to enjoy, we were happy to have it as out camp.

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There is a nice 9 mile bike path at Red Canyon, ideal for our plans to mountain bike Thunder Mountain Trail since you can take the bike path to the trail head.

 

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Liked this quote they have in the Red Canyon visitors center.

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On Saturday morning Louis and I rode Thunder Mountain trail before heading to Bryce Canyon for some hiking. This was an epic trail, I would rank it as one of the top 5 mountain bike rides I have done. Not for the beginner rider though as there are some very technical sections including the spine where you have a 70 degree drop on each side of the single track.

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A lot of beautiful views on this trial. It was hard not to stop every few minutes to take pictures. If you decide to do this trail definitely give yourself an extra 30 minutes or more for pictures and views. There are times on this trail you will say to yourself am I really riding down through this. Not only because of some of the difficult sections but more because of the natural terrain most don’t see too often.

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After the mountain biking we headed into the park for more incredible views

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We chose to do the 3 mile Queens Garden/Navajo Loop Combination Trail starting from Sunrise Point ending at Sunset Point then returned via rim .5 miles back to Sunrise where we parked. I would recommend this hike to anyone visiting the park, breathtaking. I’d rank it as a Moderately Easy Day Hike. That’s with me carrying a 2 year old :)

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The following day we returned to the park for a more difficult longer hike. We took advantage of the park shuttle system (free) comes every 10 minutes. Actually I would recommend parking at the visitors center an using the shuttle, is was so easy convenient and easy. We parked at Bryce Canyon Point and took the shuttle back to Sunset Point. We then hiked Down the Navajo Trail and connected with Peekaboo loop. We went left at the loop intersection 1.7 miles to connect with the Bryce Canyon Point Trail. Amazing! With a 2 year old on back this was a bit more difficult than the first day but I’d still say a moderate hike, easy for some.

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After the hike to Bryce Point we took in more views from the top including Bryce Point look out and Inspiration Point. We then headed back to camp for an afternoon of relaxation before a long drive home the following day.

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