|Bryce's Canyon from the rim trail.|
|A hell of a place to lose a cow.|
|Just to prove we were there|
We did not stay in the national park but just outside it in the town of Red Canyon which, in turn, sits just outside of Red Canyon, part of the Dixie National Forest. This is sort of a mini Bryce, made out of the same rocks but is 10 miles down the road and covers only a couple of square miles. In fact, all of the big Red Rock formations in Utah turn out to be the same stuff, all the way over to Canyon Lands and Arches. Early on geologists did not know this but it is now accepted that this layer of the Great Inland Sea covered a lot of territory and when you go 4 wheeling in Moab you are traveling over the same sediments as Bryce or Cedar Breaks.
|Cedar Breaks - a little snow left in June at 10,500 ft.|
|A sandstone pipe at Kodachrome Basin|
At the end of the asphalt you can continue on a dirt road for about 132 miles (at least it seemed that way to me) and you eventually come to a little parking area with a short path to Grosvenor Arch, a double arch out in the middle of some ranch land. Probably worth the drive (which is actually only 11 miles if you believe maps) as it is an interesting formation. It is named after a former president of the National Geographic Society who, as it turns out, are the folks who actually came up with the name "Kodachrome Basin". A certain amount of mutual back scratching going on there I think.
|Fairyland at Bryce Canyon|
|A little crowded for our tastes|
|A Raven keeps watch over the crowd|
|Bryce Canyon again|
|Ceratopsian skull at the Grand Staircase visitors center|
|Long view of Grosvenor Arch|
|Another shot of Bryce|
|Cactus flowers at Kodachrome Basin|
|A nicely done lizard statue, don't ask me why.|