Bryce Canyon National Park
Limestone Towers and Hoodoo Mazes, Ebenezer was spot on!
“It’s one helluva a place to lose a cow!” – Ebenezer Bryce
Bryce Canyon National Park is open and receiving visitors again from around the world. As the effects of the Covid-19 Coronavirus continues to lessen. Utah is one of the states that has been able to open up sooner than many others in the U.S.
One week ago we visited Bryce Canyon National Park and we were treated to one of the greatest experiences we’ve had at Bryce Canyon. It’s was mid-May and there were just a few hundred people at the park. The temperatures were perfect, breezes were soft, and billowing clouds passed in bunches overhead casting shadows on the vast amphitheaters. It is likely that there haven’t been so few people at Bryce Canyon, on a day in May, in the past 40 years. We treasured the experience, and wondered if others we passed appreciated what they were privileged to be a part of.
Recently named one of the most beautiful places in America by Conde Nast Traveler.
At Bryce Canyon National Park the beauty of nature transcends the boundaries of time and space, far beyond the tangible and the visual. We stood on the rim and listened to the sounds of the breezes passing through the hoodoos, and shot photos of every possible scene, and captured video of a raven as it leapt from it’s perch to dive into the depths of the vertical towers. Just off the trail we heard the crunch of leaves as animals rummaged through the undergrowth. In the distance we caught views of hikers and heard the echos of their happy voices as they weaved through narrow spaces and expressed their wonder at each bend in the trail. It was difficult to focus on our photography for the want of time to simply stand and take it in.
Where to stay when visiting Bryce Canyon.
When traveling it is often a challenge to really understand where is the best place to stay, and why? On our most recent visit we stayed at the famous Ruby’s Inn which has been hosting visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park for well over 100 years.
We thought it would be helpful to have an aerial view of the Ruby’s Inn property which is adjacent to the entrance for Bryce Canyon.
Bob also walked with his gimbal balanced GoPro through the main Ruby’s Inn lodge area through the Gift Shop, Grocery Store, Restaurant, and Indoor Pool area. See video next.
The purpose of our visit was to spend time talking about Ruby’s Inn and the Bryce Canyon area on the KSL Outdoors radio show, based in Salt Lake City, with host Tim Hughes (second from right) and his long-time wingman Russ Smith (second from left) owner of Skycall Satellite in Salt Lake City. For years Bob has been working with Tim and Russ and many of the Utah television and radio personalities to highlight the best things to see and do in Utah and the surrounding states.
Jean Seiler (second from left) has been one of the driving forces behind the marketing of Ruby’s Inn and for Bryce Canyon National Park. Lance Syrett (second from right), great grandson of Ruby Syrett and general manager of Ruby’s Inn, has been an integral part of the on-going growth of the family run operation. Both Lance and Jean have been great friends to us for many years, and these are two guys that have a great understanding tourism in Utah. Recently Jean also spent some time in Hawaii assisting the Polynesian Cultural Center with their marketing efforts.