Summer is upon us! As the days heat up, and the summer sunshine inspires countless hours of energy and enthusiasm, our minds instantly turn to spending time in the great outdoors. Leafcanoer, Daijie, has some excellent ideas of how to spend a day in the outdoors, one of which includes visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. In her leaf title, “Bryce Canyon National Park“, Daijie provides highlights of activities that families and travelers can do on their visit to Bryce Canyon.
The United States is lucky to be blessed with 58 national parks. These parks attract over 200 million visitors each year. Created by Theodore Roosevelt as a means to preserve the rich natural landscape of the country, the national park system is now something to be admired. A visit to a national park brings with it breath-taking views and a number of outdoor activities. At Bryce Canyon, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Here are five that you can do on your next visit.
Take in the scenic views
Bryce Canyon has an abundance of beautiful scenic views. From Sunrise Point to Sunset Point, Inspiration Point to Bryce Point, visitors to the national park can take in the best of what the West has to offer at any spot in the park. One of the things that makes Bryce Canyon so unique are the unusual rock formations, called hoodoos, which were created by millions of years of erosion.
Ride a horse
Horseback riding is a popular activity to do at Bryce Canyon. Not only does it provide you with a scenic view of the surrounding area, but it also gives you a glimpse of how early explorers and settlers might have experienced the area many years ago. Canyon Trail Rides, which offers horse and mule rides throughout the park, is a popular company among visitors to Bryce Canyon. Ruby’s Inn also offers horseback rides around the national park.
Hike the trails
If riding horses are not really your thing, you can explore the park on foot by hiking the many nature trails throughout the national park. Popular trails among visitors to Bryce Canyon are the Navajo Trail, the Fairyland Loop, the Peek-a-Boo Loop, and the Queen’s Garden Trail. At the Peek-a-Boo Loop, and also throughout the park, hoodoos jut out across the landscape, giving the park its unique look. Another popular hike is the full moon hike, which is offered once a month for a limited number of visitors. There are also snowshoe hikes available during the winter months.
Camp out at the park
Many visitors to Bryce Canyon end up spending more than a day in the area, because there is just so much to explore. The park has two campgrounds, one in the North and one in the South. For those wanting less rustic accommodations, there are plenty of lodging options around the park.
Learn about geology
One of the biggest draws to Bryce Canyon, is the landscape. The park’s many rock formations make for interesting photo opportunities. For those visitors interested in learning more about the geology of Bryce Canyon, they can join the geology talks offered by the National Parks Service on a daily basis at Sunset Point. Another opportunity to learn about Bryce Canyon’s geology is through the Annual Geology Fest, held every summer. The festival features guided hikes, children’s educational activities, exhibits, and talks, teaching visitors about the geology of the area.
Of the many national parks in the United States, Bryce Canyon is both unique and enchanting. It’s the perfect spot to explore the great outdoors, and the perfect place to spend the summer.
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