Bryce surprised me with its wonderfulness. It might be my favorite so far (with the exception of Big Bend which always tops my list). Despite the altitude, which is always a problem for me. I did one hike below the rim of the canyon, the 3-mile Queen’s Garden loop. I would love to return for a longer hike, maybe the 8-mile Fairyland loop (although I need to acclimate to the altitude for sure!)
I was also surprised to find while I was there that it was the week of the Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival. I got to see the keynote speaker, and some ‘scope viewing in one of the darkest skies in continental US.
I tried one star image. The shutter was left open here for about 20 minutes. Check out the trails the stars make. This is showing how much the Earth rotates in a 20 minute period. A significant amount! Its easy to forget how fast we are truly moving when we’re staying still.
Vermillion Cliffs National Monument: