Bryce Canyon Journals

Difference: Vegas to Bryce

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A travel journal to Bryce Canyon by rufusni

Bryce Canyon National Park Photo, Bryce Canyon, Utah More Photos
Quote: Leaving Vegas we headed via Valley of Fire to Panguitch and Bryce...which blew Vegas away in its beauty

Kodachrome Basin State Park

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Attraction | "Like the story of the name"

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To be honest the name of the park actually was more of an interesting point than our visit. The kodachrome title came from a National Geographic photographic piece that while photographing this region using Kodachrome film in 1948, though as it was a product name the park became known as Chimney Rock, but later permission was granted to use the name Kodachrome. I suppose I am one of the last generation that using film was normative, before being replaced by most of us with digital cameras. Its a fair detour...which probably explains why the place was so deserted. After the crowds of Bryce, this place felt like wilderness. There are over 60 chimney formations, tall stacks of sed...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2012

Kodachrome Basin State Park
12 Miles South of Utah Route 12
Cannonville and Page, Arizona

Dixie National Forest

Attraction | "A little gem"

Dixie National Forest Photo, Panguitch, Utah
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Red Canyon is on Route 12, a scenic drive...in fact the road traverses through the canyon, and so it provides a great back drop as we drove to Bryce. Full of red rock and interesting formations, pine trees it was a good warm up to Bryce, I thought when we were driving through we had nearly reached Bryce NP, but Bryce is still a good few miles away. The reddy-orange sandstone has formations just like those further up the road in Bryce, though not as spectular as Bryce.We headed past as we wanted to reach Bryce early enough to hike down into the canyon before the heat of midday, but we stopped on our way back. It was early evening, and the visitors center was already closed for the night, but it ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2012

Dixie National Forest
Highway 12
Panguitch and Hatch, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "Weird and wonderful"

Bryce Canyon National Park Photo, Bryce Canyon, Utah
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We drove in through the forest with no idea of what lay ahead of us. We parked near Sunrise Point and then all of sudden the ground just drops away and you see this valley ahead, full of red rocks in these tall pillar like formations.So we headed down the Queen Garden Trail. And the views as we moved down from Sunrise Point actually were better. The perspective changed, you were no longer looking down on the hoodoos, but were amongst them, and when reaching the bottom, you could see them towering over you. The hoodoos are formed by a cycle of freezing and thawing, as well as weathering. And each is unique, they all have different shapes. Some have names like Thor's hammer but most are not...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2012

Bryce Canyon National Park
Southwestern Utah
Bryce, UT 84717
(435) 834-5322

Harold's Place Inn

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Hotel | "Not thrilling"

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We stayed here two nights- there are two accodomation options - the motel building and free standing cabins - we stayed in the cabins. Having driven past cabins in other places which included some landscaping - these didn't have the nicest environs - gray gravel everywhere - but you could drive your car to your door. Each had a little porch with a bench which was a nice touch.The room itself - well it was a log cabin...so wood walls... a good sized room. It was fairly clean - not immaculate. There was a table and two chairs at the window beside the door. The bed was fine. There was a rack to hang clothes up. The bathroom was small...a shower and toilet...with the sink outside in the room- ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 23, 2011

Harold's Place Inn
3066 Highway 12
Panguitch, Utah 84759
(435)676-2350

Difference: Sunset and Lights

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Story/Tip

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My final flight segment from Minneapolis to Vegas was delayed by an hour...which meant I was just reaching Vegas as it was getting dark and the sun was setting. The lights were on all over the city...and as we reached the airport and were taxiing...we could see much of the lights on the strip which in their own way were stunning...the Luxor pyramid...the green of the MGM Grand...Eiffel Tower...Stratosphere.. But the problem was the sunset sky that lay behind them. The orange and red colours behind the black mountains created a stunning backdrop. In fact the back drop overtook the foreground of the Strip...the lights seemed minor in comparison...the foreground seemed diminished. And for me the sunset s...Read More