As we were wandering through Zion......we had a crazy idea.
"Let's drive to Bryce", he said.
We had never been to Bryce Canyon National Park, and since it was less than 100 miles from right where we were standing, we decided to go for it.
And we were sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo (I cannot stress this enough, does the unnecessary amount of O's get that across?) happy that we did.
We'd seen pictures of the park, but no picture can do it justice. It's incredible--nothing like you've ever seen, and we felt like we were on another planet. We grabbed a park map and tried to decide which hike (we only had time for one) would allow us to see as much as we could.
We discovered that the Peekaboo Trail started on one side of the valley and crossed down through it and up the other side.
We'd found our adventure.
Peekaboo Loop Trail
you shuttle up to the trailhead and then hike back to your car. (perfect!)
we had a 100 year old park ranger try to talk us out of this hike (twice),
because it's marked as one of the "strenuous" hikes on the map.
It's not. At all.
It was amazing.
A nice gradual hike down, across the flat valley floor, giant hoodoos rising up out of the orange earth.
At the very end of the hike, you DO have to climb up up up some steep switchbacks to get back up to the top. It IS steep--but it's over pretty quickly.
The total hike is only about 3.5 miles.
do it. soon.