On the fourth day of our road trip through the Western U.S., we headed to Bryce Canyon. We arrived around noon and were happy to find that the ‘full’ signs had not yet been hung next to the campground names at the entrance.
CAMPING AT BRYCE CANYON
Camping in the park made it easy to take a night trek amongst the hoodoos. Bryce has two campgrounds, and we chose North Campground, which was closer to the rim. Around midnight we climbed out of our warm sleeping bags for some night sky photos not far from the campground.
Since we were planning to get up in the middle of the night, we took it easy at camp in the afternoon. Ian and I hung out in the shade, built a fire, and enjoyed some s’mores and local Utah beer that we bought from the General Store at Bryce.
A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET
With bellies full of s’mores, we drove the Yaris up toward Rainbow Point at the edge of the park, to watch the sunset.
Watch the sun paint the clouds over Bryce Canyon in the timelapse below:
BRYCE CANYON AFTER DARK
Though Bryce was also nice in the heat of the day, our best photos and memories came from our night hike down into the canyon. And talk about taking the road less traveled, not a single other soul was around.
Sunrise (or Moonrise) Point
After a late evening nap, we woke up and strapped on our headlamps at midnight. We took a few photos near our campground (see “Camping” above). The air was chilly, but we warmed up quickly with a brisk walk over to Sunrise Point.
A Nighttime Trek Amongst the Hoodoos
Under a partially cloudy sky, we began our descent into the canyon. It was probably 1am.
MORE ABOUT QUEENS RIDGE TRAIL
We hiked along the Queens Garden Trail trail both at midday and midnight. According to the National Parks Service website, it’s the easiest hike from the rim into the canyon.
Because of the day’s heat and several photo distractions, we never actually made it to the end. But we saw plenty before our water bottle was empty. Along the trail were plenty of colorful hoodoos, chipmunks and limber pines.
All photos in this post were taken by Ian Norman and Diana Southern using the Fujifilm X-T1. Learn how to take photos of the Milky Way like the photos in this post over at Ian’s blog, lonelyspeck.com.