Our first backroads adventure, part seven: Bryce Canyon.

The ground drops off quickly here to each side of Utah 12.

For the most part, the remainder of our trip was on main roads, but often the “main roads” were two-lane paved roads that would be considered back roads in most of the country.

For instance, Utah 12 from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce National Park is that way.  One crosses through a pass 9400 feet high near Boulder, the last town to get mail by pack mule.

A little further along, the road runs along a ridge barely wide enough to hold it before plunging down a canyon on each side. 

But the worldwide-known views of Bryce are spectacular.  Rainbow Point (9105 ft.) gives a great view of the cliffs.  Bryce Point and Sunset Point come closer to the “hoodoos,” the narrow knobs of rock left by erosion. 

I walked down a path with 30 switchbacks to get in among the hoodoos.  We were surprised that the trees could grow in the loose red shale.

Click on photos to enlarge.

Date of our visit: 15 May 97


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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10 Responses to Our first backroads adventure, part seven: Bryce Canyon.

  1. This is a part of the US I’ve seen only in photos, and heard of from my wife’s stories of her visits. Some day I hope to get there

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  2. leggypeggy says:

    We loved Bryce Canyon. Thanks for the revisit.

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  3. It’s such a beautiful part of the country.

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  4. Insane landscapes!! Fantastic countryside.

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  5. JohnRH says:

    Beautiful! It’s been a lonnnng time since I visited. I must do it again.

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  6. It doesn’t matter how often one sees or visits these rock formations, they always delight the senses.

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  7. Surprise, Ray, right now Peggy and I are camped on the edge of Canyonville along Highway 12 just below Bryce! Today we visited Kodachrome State Park. Incredible. Tomorrow we will be in Bryce proper, so glad to be back! Great photos. They are warming us up for our visit. –Curt

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  8. Dave Ply says:

    One of my favorite places. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen it.

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