The Grand Circle - Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park consists of an unique and spectacular landscape that attracts visitors from all over the world. Despite the name, Bryce is not a canyon but an amphitheater made up of orange, red, and white colored "hoodoos," described by the NPS as "odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion." The Park is located about an hour East of Zion National Park in a more remote location with a much higher elevation ranging from 6,000 to 9,000 ft. above sea level.
During my visit to Bryce Canyon, my husband and I hiked the Navajo Loop, a moderate hike which starts at Sunset Point (pictured below) and travels down through the main Amphitheater. Prior to the hike we ate burgers and french fries, which turned out to be a BIG MISTAKE due to the never-ending switchbacks towards the end of the hike. It was a huge dramatic deal as I huffed and puffed all the way up ( this is only a 1.5 mile round trip, haha.) My advice would be to definitely hike this amazing trail and save the burgers and french fries for later/never.
In addition to the Navajo Loop, we took the scenic drive through the park and hike part of the Rim Trail to see an encompassing view of the main amphitheater. At the end of the day we returned to Sunset Point, which is well recommended as the hoodoos turn a bright orange as pictured below.
One activity which I plan to do upon return to Bryce is the Peek-a-Boo loop trail via Mule Ride. You can check out Canyon Trail Rides http://www.canyonrides.com/bryce-canyon/ for pricing and more information.
Lodging near Bryce Canyon can be limited due to the remote location. One of my best night's sleep during the Grand Circle trip was in our log cabin located in Tropic, Utah- located about 20 minutes from the park entrance. The cabins were clean, affordable, and the owners were extremely hospitable. Visit http://brycecanyonlogcabins.com to book a cabin during your stay!