Fairlyland Loop Trail (Bryce Canyon NP) 17-May-2011

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

A daytrip to Bryce Canyon National Park was an anticipated part of our multi-day trip to Zion National Park.  Unfortunately, the poor weather that was plaguing us in Zion was also lurking around Bryce. So we went to Bryce earlier than we’d planned to get ahead of a predicted snow storm – which dumped 6+ inches of snow on Bryce the day after our visit. What we got were near freezing temperatures, clouds, and a breeze. Wheeee…

We parked at the North Campground and took the Rim Trail out to Fairyland Point. The loop trail drops down from there into Campbell Canyon and then climbs back to the rim near the general store. The day was overcast for most of our hike, but near its end, the sun did make a brief appearance – which really helped bring out the multiple amazing colors in these formations.

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Leaving Fairyland Point

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Hoo doos along the trail

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Tower Bridge in Campbell Canyon

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

More hoo doos along the trail

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Chinese Wall

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Yet another hoo doo

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Some hoo doos lit up by the sun

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

More colorful walls

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

This is not called “the radiator”

Fairyland Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Climbing back out of the canyon

On our way back to Zion, we tried to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument, but it’s at 10,000 feet and its access road was still under 6 to 7 feet of snow.  We vowed to come back and visit Bryce in the sun and Cedar Breaks sans snow!

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