Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park

Published Date Author: , July 20th, 2013

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Bryce Canyon National Park is, for lack of a better word, stunning. Filled with towering rocks spires (which are called hoodoos by the way) created by water seeping into the limestone structures and then expanding as it freezes, Bryce Canyon is almost otherworldly. Trails crisscross the massive structures, attracting hikers and horseback riders from all over the world. The park winds around the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, with heavily forested areas on one side and the Paria Valley dropping down on the other.

Dozens of streams have eaten into the land over millions of years and formed horseshoe-shaped bowls. The largest of these bowls is Bryce Amphitheater, and it functions as the heart of the entire park. The rugged and alien landscape draws nearly 1,400,000 visitors annually, and you better believe that some of those hikers are gay.

In fact, in recent years Bryce Canyon has become something of a haven for the gay and lesbian community. This may come as a surprise to some people. After all Utah isn’t the most obvious vacation destination for same-gender couples, Bryce Canyon does in fact offer same-gender couples a chance to experience the magnificence of Mother Nature in all of her glory, and to be themselves while they’re doing it. Whether hiking through the deep orange stone of the rocky towers or avoiding flash floods in the various slot canyons (no joke, you’ve got to be careful because they do happen), you and your partner will enjoy the romance of being together in one of the most interesting and memorable environments imaginable. When you’re in Bryce Canyon National Park, just sit back and enjoy the world.

And as far as sleeping arrangements go, don’t sweat it! Bryce Canyon Lodge Reservations can be handled online, and many of the hotels in the area are gay-friendly, including some lovely little bed and breakfast joints such the Red Brick Inn of Panguitch and the Buffalo Sage Bed & Breakfast. Of course, some of the lodges are a fair distance from the entrance to the park itself, so do your research and plan accordingly.

So, for your next vacation, do something unexpected. You and your partner will absolutely love your time spent in Bryce Canyon National Park, and who knows, maybe you’ll want to come back next year as well.

Author Bio: Vincent Stokes is an outdoor enthusiast and an experienced world traveler. He also writes writes for the National Parks and works to promote pride in homegrown travel destinations. You can also connect with Vincent on G+ or twitter (@TravelingGlobal).

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