Bryce Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Artists’ palette – which color do you like ?

    by Trekki Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    spectacular colors !

    Well, I don’t know the exact name of this spot seen from Ponderosa Canyon – but for me it’s artists’ palette. It superbly presents all the different limestone colors of Bryce Canyon, depending on the oxides and their concentration, the calcite contains.

    It’s your choise – which color do you prefer ?
    Red – as where limestone is enriched by high content of iron oxide in the haematite form ?
    Yellow – where limestone contains limonite, a hydrated iron oxide ?
    Purple, blue or lavender – where bears has impurities of manganese oxide ?
    Or finally
    Fresh white – which is limestone’s color when there are hardly any impurities present.

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    The Sentinel, watches over the Navajo Loop

    by Trekki Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    The Sentinel - ever watching

    Another fine carved spine is seen from Sunset Point – The Sentinel – towering a little hoodoo section at the beginning of Navajo Loop Trail.
    Looking almost as a warning finger stretched into the air to remind the hikers to hike safe and carry enough water, it might even be considered as orientation if you are down in the trail – he will help you to locate the place where you finally will arrive.

    BTW: The Sentinel is the orange thin thing in the middle of the pictures, not the bit more chunky figure on the right…..

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    Double Bridge on Navajo Loop Trail

    by Trekki Written Sep 5, 2005

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    Double Bridge - on Navajo Loop Trail

    An interesting rock formation, you will see during the Navajo Loop Trail. It’s called Double Bridge, and is two bridges, which has been left between two walls during canyon carving.

    On the picture, you can clearly see one, the second one is close to the bottom of the walls.

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    Dresscode – oops color code required .....

    by Trekki Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Posing against sky and rocks

    Well, this is more of a joke tip – but it has a hint of reality :-)

    In these red-red-red colored mountains and rocks, it might be a good idea to select a harmonising color of your clothes.
    Blue seems to be nice, as it fits well to the everblue sky.

    Sometimes I saw people who got their pictures taken in screaming yellow or lime green shirts… this was a bit against my aesthetic feeling :-)

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    Douglas Firs – and their power to grab for light

    by Trekki Written Sep 5, 2005

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    The famous Twin Douglas Fir

    On Navajo Loop Trail you will also meet another very famous model which makes you stop to take a picture.
    It’s a Douglas Fir with a strange growing development: out of the trunk, a little side branch has grown and developed to a kind of twin to the bigger brother – or maybe the baby fir of mother fir – clung together for eternity.

    In the picture, the main trunk is right hand, the side trunk left hand.

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    Stolen moment

    by goingsolo Updated Oct 24, 2004

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    Rainbow Point sits at the end of Bryce Canyon's main road. I'm sitting on a wood carved bench. Before me lies the vast open canyon- red rocks rise unevenly past a valley that stretches on seemingly forever. The mountains in the distance. The wind howls through the canyon bringing a chill to this point at 9,000 feet elevation. Its completely peaceful out here. That's why I've come. To steal a moment like this. Its one I can't put into words, nor will my digital photos do it justice. But the image and the moment will burn into my memory. Hopefully, years from now I will still be able to see it, and, in some sense, live it again.

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    Another view from Aqua Canyon

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 20, 2004

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    Aqua Canyon

    Given all the opportunities at Bryce to pull over and stare at the unusual landscape, its hard to pick any favorite spots, but Aqua Canyon has one of the best views of the park. Unlike Bryce Ampitheatre, the hoodoos are not lined up uniformly. Here they are scattered among the Douglas Fir trees that share a portion of this landscape. The Pink Cliffs rise in the distance, but unfortunately are not visible from this shot. The color contrast and diversity of landscape are Aqua Canyon's most striking features.

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    View near Sunrise Point

    by goingsolo Updated Oct 19, 2004

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    Sunrise Point is the genesis for the trails that lead below the rim. From this vantage point, you can glimpse Bryce's treasures from afar. A walk below the surface brings these images up close and the laborious efforts of the hike are rewarded with visual bounty. Of course, the real strenuous portion is the hike back up.

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    Calf Creek Recreation Area

    by windsorgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Calf Creek Recreation Area

    Located 65 miles west of Bryce Canyon on Scenic Byway 12 is Calf Creek Recreation Area. The drive alone is worth the trip as you will pass some spectacular scenery along the way.

    However, once at Calf Creek, you can take a 6 mile return hike to a secret waterfall that descends 120 feet into a tree lined grotto.

    there is also a small campground here.

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    Unusual formations at Bryce

    by goingsolo Updated Oct 19, 2004

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    There are many naturally occuring rock formations that appear to have been sculpted or placed in a certain way by the hand of man. This is part of Bryce's strange and unusual charm. A journey under the Rim is certain to yield such sights. The picture of the rock between the trees was taken along the Fairyland trail.

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    View of Bryce Canyon

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 16, 2004

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    View of Bryce Canyon

    There's a striking contrast between the red and golden rocks and the green of the valley below. For a place located in the desert, the Canyon has its share of green. The views in some locations extend into Northern Arizona and its possible to see as far as the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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    Kodachrome Basin State Park - Alone at last.

    by goodfish Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Kodachrome Basin State Park

    This park is an overlooked gem. We took a drive over there one morning, just to take a look at it, and ended up hiking a good share of the day. Maybe it's busier during the summer (were there early Sept.) but we only saw one other couple in the campground and nobody on the trails. Great views from the top of the buttes, and the colors (for which the park is named) are wonderful. The campground looked clean and pleasant: a very good option if Bryce campground are full or you want to lose the crowds there. They also have some tidy little cabins (for a tidy little price) with bathrooms, fridges and microwaves - a nice alternative to pricey Bryce lodge rooms:

    http://www.redstonecabins.com/cabins.html

    Nice little station with trail maps - the lady working there was enthusiastic and helpful.
    A great break from the crowds at Bryce.
    22 miles east of Bryce and adjacent to Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
    $6 day-use fee, $16 for camping, $25 for hookups
    Campground showers, bathrooms and drinking water
    Camp store with the basics
    Great little website with lots of helpful area info/links.

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    Bristlecone Pines

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 24, 2009

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    he's seen a lot of change at Bryce Canyon

    We were drawn to this great old tree and on checking the Internet the only thing it looks remotely like on the Bryce National Park website is a Bristle-cone Pine. If that is the case, it is no wonder it was so enticing. These trees are the oldest living things on Earth. One in California is approaching 5000 years old. At any rate, this old tree was an amazing testament to nature's resilience against the elements. He stood a strong sentry on the rim's edge, just as impressive as the hoodoos below. Perhaps more so, he was breathing.

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    Steller's Jay

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 24, 2009

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    solitary perhaps but not quiet

    The Steller's Jay is a beautiful jay of black and blue. Noisy to a fault, they can be found begging for food at picnic areas. Unlike most jays, the Steller's Jay is generally not found in groups except during the mating season. This solitary bird if often found on the canyon rim posing for a prize. Take the photo but do not feed or encourage them.

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    Pronghorn

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 24, 2009

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    maybe he doesn't look it, but he's FAST

    The pronghorn is often mistaken for an antelope but is in its own family. Though the second fastest mammal in the world after the cheetah, the sure footed and sturdily built speedster actually sustains fast speeds for longer lengths of time. Their horns are particularly interesting with both males and females having the forward “pronged” racks. Males use them fiercely to guard their female harems during the mating season. We saw our first ones at Bryce but enjoyed seeing them around many of the Utah parks.

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