Land Of The Coneheads
A personal favorite from our Utah Trip. If you've ever seen the coneheads movie, you'd agree this might be their motherland. Bryce Canyon offered a number of beginner to intermediate hikes through their famous "hoodoos" which are spire-shaped rock formations. We hit all of the major points and actually camped for a night at sunrise point. It was an incredible experience that I'm sure we'll both never forget.
Day Hiking at Bryce Canyon felt more like a tourist field trip. We ran into a number of large groups and classes along the main trails but were able to break free once we got further away from the main trail head. Bryce offers some amazing views through many of the winding turns which helps along with the coordination of the hoodoos to block visitors from your photographs.
Camping at Bryce canyon was a completely different story. Victoria & I have been camping before but never in another state on our own. This was our first backpacking experience dipping our toes into the idea of a longer trip. It was an exciting idea an even more exciting experience, complete with all the ups and downs of your typical "first". We managed to snag the last of a four person campsite two miles out from Sunrise point just before starting our day hike through the main park at Bryce. Ironically we didn't start our trek to the campsite until just before sunset which helped let a anxiety settle in as we scurried to find our campsite before darkness. Now normally I'm totally fine taking an evening stroll through the woods but this was our first time finding our way to a campsite and doing so through a half-burnt-to-a-crisp forest at dusk.