|Welcome to Bryce. Tim and I arrived on January 30 and were greeted|
with 50 degree temperatures and little snow. An overnight snowfall
produced this welcoming sight on the 31st.
If the snow is deep strap on your snowshoes to hike into the canyon and among the hoodoos—those fantastical rock formations for which Bryce is known. Even in years of scant snowfall (this year, for instance) the Queen's Garden trail is walkable in hiking boots with good tread. Ruby's Inn Nordic Center provides groomed cross-country ski trails near the park's northern entrance. The trails are free and open to the public.
|The layer-cake hoodoos of Bryce Canyon on a January day.|
Not the adventurous type? You can still enjoy the scenery from Bryce's many viewpoints. After a day spent enjoying Bryce Canyon's many offerings, I guarantee you'll never again dread the coming of our coldest season.
Cabin fever? Take the cure and visit Bryce Canyon now. Doctor's orders.
Enjoy these photos from last weekend's trip to Bryce:
Snowshoeing from Bryce Point
|Our snowshoes are lined up and ready to go.|
|I'm peeking through the branches of a fallen Ponderosa Pine.|
|Dashing through the snow… beneath Bryce Point viewpoint.|
You may snowshoe from any park viewpoint, just don't venture too close to the rim—see photo below.
|Looking back along the rim toward Fairview Point.|
Cross-country skiing Ruby's Inn trail
|Ruby's Inn's trails are groomed for both classic and skate cross-country skiing.|
Queen's Garden Trail
|A bench provides the perfect rest stop on the descent|
into Bryce Canyon along the Queen's Garden trail.
|Members of the Castle Country Canyoneers—our hiking club—on their|
way to the arch (left) on the Queen's Garden trail.
To read about and view pictures from previous trips to Bryce Canyon National Park, visit this blog post: http://onedayinamerica.blogspot.com/2012/02/snowshoeing-in-bryce-canyon-national.html