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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