Road Trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon

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While I was in Las Vegas, NV for a conference, I visited 2 of Utah’s 5 National Parks, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.

We first started at Zion National Park. It immediately reminded me of my trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, however I felt the landscape was more diverse.

Amongst its canyons and mountains, Zion has different types of rocky formations like buttes, arches, monoliths, and mesas. We were allotted about 2 hours of time here, and wish we had more time to hike.

Next, we headed towards Bryce Canyon, which is known for its impressive canyon filled with rust-colored hoodoos. The colors and rock formations date back to 50 million years ago from Lake Claron.

While at Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Sunset Point and Bryce Point, which are located at over 8,000 feet above sea level. As I live on the coastline of the Northeast, I felt a little breathless walking around.

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Since it was late March, it was much colder than I had anticipated and the ground was covered in slush, mud, and ice. Although I wore Converse, I fared better than a woman that I spotted gliding across the pathways in flip-flops.

It was an incredibly long day; the drive back to Las Vegas from Bryce Canyon was around 4 hours.

However it helps to be well-caffeinated and hydrated. Don’t forget to wear layers of clothes and bring along snacks.

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