Last week my husband and I vacationed in Las Vegas but we also decided to venture around the Southwest to see something new. Neither of us remember exactly how we decided but we picked Utah. We decided to visit two parks: Zion and Bryce. We actually ended up visiting Zion twice - blog post coming on that park. Following our first day at Zion we stayed overnight in Cedar City, Utah. From Las Vegas, Cedar City is about two and a half hours north on Route 15. Most of the people staying at our hotel were also visiting the parks and we compared notes with them. To get to Bryce from Cedar City we drove through the Dixie National Forest which had some amazing sight-seeing in itself!
As we drove up the mountain we were surprised to see snow! The temperature near the top of the mountain was around forty degrees.
Once we arrived at Bryce Canyon we parked near Sunrise Point. You could spend many days at the park but since we only had one day we picked the Navajo Trail which is one of the shortest but still a very impressive trail.
When we got out of the car and started walking uphill I immediately noticed I was breathing heavier than usual. I'm no stranger to hills, but once I saw an elevation sign for 8,000 feet I knew why this felt harder than it should.
Bryce is a little bit cooler than you would expect in May. On average it seems that Bryce is 15 degrees cooler than Zion. When we started our hike it was in the high 50's with a light breeze at the top of the canyon. I wore a light jacket, long pants and my running shoes. I also took my camelback full of water which was much needed on this hike.
The hike was breathtaking! I think this is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Although we were there for only a short visit, I would love to return and see what else Bryce has to offer.
After the hike we made our way back to Las Vegas via Zion National Park. All that hiking made us extremely hungry and we knew we wanted to visit In and Out Burger. We plugged it into our GPS and hightailed it to North Las Vegas. There is also an In and Out Burger in St. George, Utah if you need one sooner!
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.