Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park

The red rocks of Bryce Canyon National Park. Photo provided by alltrails.com.

There are a few places on earth that must be experienced because a description or story told doesn’t do it justice.

Both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are a ‘must experience’ adventure.   

Zion National Park offers sweeping landscapes of steep red cliffs, waterfalls, hanging gardens, and natural rock arches. While Zion is known for canyoneering, it is home to some extremely challenging hikes. Observation Point is an 8-mile hike with numerous switchbacks. With a 6500-foot gain in the first three miles, this is not an easy hike but the view at the top is worth every curse word on the way up. If you’re lucky you will also encounter a Big Horn Sheep. They are known to jump down on the trail as you hike.  

The crown jewel of Zion is Angel’s Landing. It is known as one of the hardest hikes in North America and is not for the faint of heart. Hikers spend much of the trail holding on to chains that are bolted into the cliff as to not fall off. The view of the canyon from the top is unforgettable and you will find yourself wanting to sit all afternoon and drink it all in. This video is not for the squeamish but gives you a glimpse of the trail. Be forewarned that you must hike up Walter’s Wiggles to reach the trailhead of Angel’s Landing. The 21 constant sharp turns on this trail is a journey in and of itself.   

Additional trails that we have yet to hike include The Narrows and The Watchman among others.  

Bryce Canyon is majestic. The beauty is unique and breath-taking. Every single trail delivers another unbelievable view of the hoodoos in brilliant colors. Some of our favorite trails include the Navajo Loop and the Peek-a-boo Loop. There is an option for a horseback ride, but we strongly recommend hiking through it. It is a spiritual experience that only the canyon can deliver.  

What are your favorite trails in Zion and Bryce? Leave a comment on Facebook and let us know!

We will continue to update this list.