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Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for its rock formations called hoodoos, spires of red rock rising from the canyon floor. Not actually a canyon, Bryce is an amphitheater filled with a maze of hoodoos. We didn’t have enough time to do this beautiful park justice, so we got a great overview with Canyon Trail Rides.
We checked in for our two hour trail ride in the historic lodge. They directed us to the stables out back. The Bryce stables house both mules and horses.
We aren’t experienced riders and were feeling some trepidation. We needn’t have worried. The horses (and some mules) know the route and the staff helped us the whole way. My horse was Peanut and he was sweet and surefooted.
It was a little scary when we first came over the ridge to descend into the canyon. But the scenery was so beautiful and the horses so calm, that our fears quickly evaporated. Our guide kept us entertained with information about the canyon and cheesy cowboy humor.
We rode to the floor of the canyon, learning about Bristle Cone Pines and the various rock formations along the way. We lined up in formation along a ridge to enjoy the view somewhere around Sunrise Point. Then we ascended back to the starting point.
Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, UT-63, Bryce, UT 84764
Designation: National Park
Date established/designated: 2/25/1928
Date of my visit: 4/12/2017
30 thoughts on “Bryce Canyon National Park: Canyon Trail Ride”
Bryce is our favourite place – other than Yellowstone – in the Lower 48. Your photos bring back happy memories of a surreal landscape. Thank you.
Thanks for reading and commenting 😊. I have yet to visit Yellowstone as an adult…
Yellowstone is truly, truly wonderful! You MUST go! Stay in the Park, rather than outside its boundaries, so the wildlife is close at hand at any time of day and night, and give yourself as much time as you can to explore it. Some parts get very busy with tourists, but there’s so much space that it’s easy to lose them and get peacefully close to nature. Oh, those grizzlies!!!
Fun!! We walked the park and enjoyed very second. There were many hummingbirds!!
It’s a wonderful park… hope to go back someday
What a great way to see the canyon. The US was in the middle of a shut down when we visited Bryce in Jan 2018, so likely this was not running die to the shut down and the season. In any case, Bryce was beautiful and we were so lucky to be able to hike there. Thanks for sharing T. Allan
You got some really nice shots of the park – different from what I typically see and what I took (which were also standard fare).
Loved those orange hoodoos, nature is at its best!
Bryce is truly a wonderful National Park although when one thinks about the other treasures in Utah, it becomes mind boggling to pick a favorite!
So true! We have yet to see the Eastern Utah parks and cedar breaks was still closed when we were there.
We haven’t made it to Bryce Canyon yet. It’s on our list!
A must see. The lodge is nice too!
One of my fondest memories growing up was visiting Bryce on a road trip from Texas to Wyoming and back with my mom when I was 15 years old. I was adamant that I could do an 8 mile hike into the canyon with no water. Mom packed extra for me, luckily. 🙂
Lol, my husband has the same attitude about drinking water in the desert, but fortunately I can usually convince him to carry extra for me
One of my all time favourite parks. I would have been scared on horseback, but it looks like a fun adventure.
It was scary in parts, but once into the swing of it, we relaxed a little.
I love Bryce Canyon, and hope you and I both will be able to return there one day.
On our after-Covid bucket list.
That list is getting longer for me😂
I can understand that the horse trek would be a little unnerving. Great views however. Vivienne
Nice! When we did the trail ride it got a bit exciting when my donkey bit the rear of my husband’s horse in front of me – hang on!
I had horses biting mine on a trail ride in Yosemite years ago. Terrifying 😂
Very cool place
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