We finally got up early enough to be at Bryce Canyon National Park at sunrise. 🙂
We arrived at the fee station at 6:10 am to show our America the Beautiful annual pass, but no one was there.
Around 6:15 am, we parked at the half-full Bryce Point parking lot, and grabbed our gear.
We snagged some railing and set up. 2 minutes later, our railing area was full. By 6:30 am, the parking lot was full, especially since a tour bus pulled in with about 40-50 people on board. Just a short walk down the Rim trail, Inspiration Point was jam packed with people awaiting sunrise.
It would have been nice to be at Inspiration Point looking straight at the sunset, but I think our vantage point was just as good, because it captured the sunrise glow on the hoodoos and the valley areas.
A short walk up the trail to Inspiration Point revealed the view everyone else there got for sunrise. I’ll go back again someday, and get there earlier for this sunrise view.
From Bryce Point, we headed to Natural Bridge. My research had shown that mid-morning light was best for photographs, so once sunrise was complete, it made sense to head there.
Next we headed to Farview Point. More amazing views, of course. 🙂 On all but the worst pollution days, Navajo Mountain in Arizona is available. If the skies are really clear, the Kaibab Plateau at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is visible.
Swamp Canyon overlook
A little further down the road, we checked out the Swamp Canyon overlook. Well worth the stop!
On our last trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, we missed getting photos of the tunnels in Red Canyon, so we stopped on the way back home.