I am a little behind here but I definitely wanted to share a few photos of Bryce Canyon NP and Zion NP. On our first visit to this part of Utah we missed Bryce Canyon National Park. We were waiting for our kids to join us and that is about the time we got flooded out of the area. It's a good 2 hour drive from Sand Hollow State Park where we were staying but well worth the drive. Really all we had time for that day was to drive the scenic byway and stop at all the viewpoints (or most of them anyway). It is a beautiful place and rock formations here are as amazing as all the photos I have seen. Hoodoos galore! I will let the photos speak for themselves:
When last in this area we did visit Zion National Park several times and had hiked many of its trails so this was a repeat visit. On that first visit we were almost alone in the park as it was December. The shuttles weren't running and we drove in those days. This time we parked just outside the gates on Springdale and walked into the park. From the visitors center we used the shuttle to get us to the places we had decided upon. We hiked the Emerald Pools (lower, middle and upper). We enjoyed that hike the first time and again this visit. Our experience was different though, in that this time there were lots of other people on the trails. It wasn't crazy busy like I am sure it is in the summer and early fall but busy enough. This park may be my favorite of the national parks we have visited. Being at the bottom of this amazing canyon is an experience I wish everyone could have. If you want the park to yourself I would recommend December, just dress a little warmer and know that some trails will be closed. Still, for the solitude, it is worth it. Again, I will just let the photos tell the story.