It’s taken me a little longer to catch up on blog posts about our vacation. Between assimilating back into real life NJ, being sick, and preparation for the Philadelphia marathon weekend, it’s been busy.
We knew we wanted to go to both but timing wise, it wasn’t going to work out to spend a lot of time at both. We decided to drive through Bryce Canyon and look out and then spend a little more time in Zion National Park. They aren’t too far apart, so you are able to do both.
Personally, we could both spend a lot of time in either. They are two gorgeous parks! Hopefully, sometime in the future, we will be able to go back and explore.
While visiting Bryce Canyon, we went out to Rainbow point and walked around. There is a 10-mile hike you can do and look over the Hoodoo Ampethetiar. If we had more time, we would have done it!
The park itself is easily driveable. It’s about an 18-mile drive to the tip of Rainbow Point, and there are several spots and opportunities for photos.
Zion National Park:
Like Bryce Canyon, we could spend days in Zion National Park. Before arriving, we planned to do a longer hike but quickly realized timing would not allow us too.
We still wanted to get back to Colorado and spend a few days there too! When we arrived at the park, it was crowded and it was hard to even find parking. By the time we were able to park and get out of the car, it was nearly 1 pm.
We could have begun the hike but it was a lengthy one and I didn’t want to be hiking at dark. You had to take a bus to a certain location, then start, then take the bus back. It was just a lot and if you’ve ever seen me hiking hangry…well…my husband would have left me there.
So we just decided to explore and climb up to our own rock. We didn’t have an exact trail or route but it was more fun that way. We pulled over at a random spot and just hiked. Even with hundreds of people inside the park, we didn’t run into anyone.
You don’t need a trail or destination. And yes, we actually made it up an entire rock. You can see the main road in the background.
To be honest, both Bryce and Zion were two of my favorite spots. Eventually, my husband and I plan to go back. You could spend days, weeks, and even months just exploring.
Posts from Vacation:
Hiking Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder
Questions for you:
Where is your favorite place to hike?
Have you ever been to Zion or Bryce Canyon?