Located in southwestern Utah lies one of the most beautiful and underrated national parks in the United States. Bryce Canyon National Park, located only a 2 hour drive from Zion National Park, is known for it’s incredible red rock formations and large amphitheater-shaped features.
From archeological surveys, many believe that Bryce Canyon National Park had been inhibited for at least 10,000 years. The natives that used to live in this area even believed the pinnacles found in Bryce Canyon, which they called “hoodoos,” were their ancestors who were turned to stone by a tricky coyote. The Paiute indians called these hoodoos, “Anka-ku-was-a-wits” which translates to “red painted faces,” making Bryce Canyon a forest of stone and rich history.
With several camping and lodging options, visitors of Bryce Canyon National Park can stay for extended periods of time to enjoy all of the activities this park has to offer; Geology Talks, Rim Walks, Full Moon Hikes, and Snowshoe Hikes are just a few of the many awesome activities the park offers.
One of my favorite things about visiting Bryce Canyon National Park is the horse and mule riding. There really is no better way to explore the park than being shown through it with a knowledgeable ranger guiding you along the way. The trails or fairly easy, so there’s no need to worry about your horse having difficulty when on the hike. During my last visit the park was able to accommodate for the large group I was in, but Bryce Canyon National Park also allows for visitors to bring their privately-owned horses and/or mules on to park trails.
The best time to visit Bryce Canyon, in my opinion, is right at the end of the summer. It never gets too hot at the park, but for the best possible experience, I recommend visiting during August-October.