As stated on the Utah tourism site “If the erosion of Southern Utah had a Gothic phase, Bryce Canyon National Park would be Norte Dame.”

The orange rocks spiral up in crazy formations and puts Bryce as a top contender for favorite National Park.  Here you feel small and in awe of the Nature’s beauty. For this this was the ultimate shabbatical stop.

We hikes around the Amphitheatre at Bryce Canyon on the Navajo Trail which takes about 3-4 hours.
The best part about Bryce is that you can get equally majestic views without taking on the hike. Here is Bryce from the start of the hike, a short distance from the parking lot:

It is at the bottom of the Canyon where you get these views:

Our favorite section of Bryce Canyon is Wall Street a steep, 580 foot climb or drop heading in or out of the canyon. We started at the Sunrise Route which allowed us to climb up Wall Street via the Sunset Route. Here we are looking over Wall Street:

It was a great morning and not as hot as the prior days because the top of Bryce Canyon sits over 8,000 feet above sea level.  Here are some of our favorite Bryce Canyon Views views along the way:

We tried to get on the tour of the canyon on horseback but it is extremely popular and should be booked a week in advance.  There’s one horseback tour group at Bryce, one leaves at 7:30 AM and the other at 12:30 PM, this is the only group that is inside the park and has access to trails in the canyon:
We will save this for our next visit back to Bryce!