6/4/15 Thursday in Fillmore,UT (Wagon’s West-EA/PPA/$23/night)
Today we weren’t so early and left at 7:15 for Bryce. Once again we were struck by the beauty of the Red Rock Canyon on UT 12.
This time we wanted to go on a hike, so we chose their recommended hike of a combination of Queens Garden and Navajo Loop. The Queens Garden was listed as easy while the Navajo Loop was considered Moderate. This was a beautiful experience of the canyon from below. Both trails started going down steeply and rising at the end steeply. Queens Garden was all about the rocks while Navajo Loop was about the Bristlecone Pine forest below.
After that great 3 mile hike we drove to a couple more viewpoints.
Interestingly Mossy Cave and waterfall are on Hwy 12 East, outside of the National Park ticket gates. The Mormon pioneers dug a canal (Tropic Ditch) by hand in the late 1800’s from the Tropic Reservoir to the city of Tropic (seen from the rim of Bryce Canyon). This city couldn’t survive without that water. After following the canal awhile the trail split. We chose to visit the waterfall first then on to Mossy Cave, where natural spring water constantly seeps through the rock to create growing conditions for moss.
We were home by 3. I went to the cool grass outside our coach and read as John watched 2 hours of Emergency. We had our chili supper outside on our picnic table. Shock!!! John rarely will eat outside at our campground.