Waking up a second morning at our beautiful campsite in Zion was heaven; we didn’t want to leave, but we knew there was more to see.
Second Stop: Bryce Canyon National Park
Driving from Zion to Bryce was a constant thrill, tons of beautiful and really diverse scenery.
The plan was to just drive through, check out the canyon and head on to Goblin Valley from there. Once we arrived at Bryce it was already noon and there were surprisingly vacancy signs for the park campgrounds. Not wanting to rush our exploration of the park we decided to spend the night and take on our second big hike in two days.
Fairyland Canyon Trail is listed as an 8 mile hike. Instead of starting at the trailhead, the shuttle driver drove us up the paved road cutting 1.5 miles off which we were grateful for after having hiked a total of 11 miles at Zion.
Getting to the trailhead this is what we saw
This definitely does not suck. All those formations by the way are called Hoodoos.
The trail takes you down into the canyon for a nice tour.
It was a tough hike because of the length and the fact that you need to climb about 2 miles back out of the canyon at a steep grade, but as you can see…totally worth it.
After the hike we were shot. For a minute we contemplated doing another small hike after, but na. We went back to camp and set up shop.
Typical organized campground with no privacy, but we were happy that we decided to post up in Bryce for the night; that hike was worth altering our plans.
Yup, that was worth it.
Once the sun dropped low enough where the canyon was shaded we walked back to camp, got a fire going and grubbed up before laying down for an early night.