6/2/15 Tuesday in Fillmore,UT (Wagon’s West-EA/PPA/$23/night)
Off to I-15 by 6:30. We had about 14 miles on the scenic byway UT Hwy 12 before arriving at the Park at 8:40. Wow. What a fabulous introduction to Bryce.
We got to the gates by 8:40, then dashed onto the shuttle, taking it all the way to the end at Bryce Point, as recommended by the ranger at the ticket gate ($25/car or Senior Pass).
Bryce Point. The last image shows grottos, where the arch is formed by harder caprock which prevents it from collapsing.
Then we walked from Bryce Point to Inspiration Point, so I was taking way too many photos. This was so gorgeous with the colors and variety in rock formations (hoodoos). Some images are from our walk and at Inspiration Point. Some hoodoos looked like a piece of the Wall of China, some like soldiers, ready to march. The native Paiute Indians’ story is that in the early days their people could take on any form and at one point took the form of rocks by being tricked by a coyote (the trickster).
Sunset and Sunrise Point. These were close together, so we walked this part of the Rim Trail, instead of taking the shuttle.
We took the shuttle to the Visitor Center where we enjoyed our picnic lunch and then saw the movie. When we left in the car to drive to Rainbow Point we spotted a couple Pronghorn Antelopes-the first I’ve seen in the wild! We also saw Stellar’s Jays and Violet-green swallows earlier flying about the rim. We even saw a Raven (that someone left almonds for) later on at one of our viewpoints.
Rainbow Point was the far end of a drive where you could pull your car over at various viewpoints.
Well, that was plenty for one day. Hwy 12 was even more gorgeous on our way out. We got home by 6 for chili and popcorn, then put our feet up for a night of relaxing.