Hiking the Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , December 23rd, 2018

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos - Free Wheel Drive

A hop and skip distance away from Zion is Bryce Canyon. Well, just under a two hour drive time. And it’s our second park of the Mighty Five.

A short two hour drive East we find ourselves in a dramatically different landscape. At a much higher elevation the nightly temperatures were well below freezing. Sick and tired of shivering at night and dealing with frozen food we caved in and spent a night in a motel before heading into the park. Only our second time crashing in a motel on our entire trip. After a night of lazy TV watching we made our way to the entrance of Bryce Canyon. Here the landscape is unlike anything we’ve encountered yet.

Bryce Canyon is not even a canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters that have these crazy looking rock features called Hoodoos. These Hoodoo rock features were created not by a river, but by ice cracking the rocks apart and exposing the colorful sedimentary rocks underneath. Hoodoo type formations can be found all over the world. Another famous area with Hoodoos is in the Cappadocia region of Turkey where people carved houses into the rock formations.

When you arrive in Bryce Canyon you are on top of the Paunsaugunt Plateau looking East where the land descends in a series of steps known as the Grand Staircase. The Grand Staircase steps down through Zion, Vermilion Cliffs, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and finally The Grand Canyon.

By Laura and Camrin – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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Doing The Grand Circle

Author: , November 5th, 2014

Grand CanyonThe Grand Circle – originally a loop to the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon national parks — covers much of northern Arizona and southern Utah as well as portions of Colorado, New Mexico, and a sliver of Nevada. Unless you have weeks to explore the area and a hefty travel budget, you can’t even begin to see it all. So how do you tackle it on a budget?

1. Divide and conquer: Focus on one specific area within the Grand Circle, such as northwestern New Mexico. Or hone in on a theme, like Native American heritage or iconic Southwestern destinations. You can also develop an itinerary around a specific activity, such as hiking or mountain biking. Alternatively, plan to spend several days in one national park, like the Grand Canyon, so you can truly experience what it has to offer, and then add a few days to your itinerary to see a few nearby sites.

2. Pick a base: By staying in one place and branching out to several sites, you may be able to receive discounts for an extended hotel stay and reduce transportation costs, by making a few shorter trips instead of one long, continuous road trip. You might even decide to rent a vacation home, giving you the option to save money by preparing a few meals yourself.

By Teresa Bitler – Full Story at Shermans Travel