Hiking Downwards into Heaven at Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park

There are so many natural wonders that exist here on earth. Many of them are often described as heavenly. I guess that’s because the feeling that we experience is so unique and elevated that we feel like it is something beyond our earthly existence. Something that we imagine we might feel after we have left this earthly plane when our souls are at peace and set free. This is the feeling that I had when I hiked down into Bryce Canyon.

…for those with the physical ability and the adventurous spirits, the experience of hiking down into the canyon is beyond words. 

Many, if not most of the tourists at the park, tend to stay above ground and take in the views from the top of the canyon, but for those with the physical ability and the adventurous spirits, the experience of hiking down into the canyon is beyond words.

First-come, first-serve campsites for RVs and tents are available inside the park and conveniently located near the Visitor’s Center,  main lodge and main shuttle stop. I dry camped at the North Campground. There are no hookups in the campground. Fees were $30/night.

As you descend to the bottom of the canyon, you hike down through the parts of the canyon where you can see and touch various layers of sedimentary and volcanic rock. Inside the canyon, each layer of rock, due to various weather conditions, erodes at a different rate forming what are known as, “hoodoos”. These spires of ancient rock are so unlike anything else on this planet. When you are close up and amongst them, they seem to take on human characteristics giving off energy that feels very much alive.

…the feeling that we experience is so unique and elevated that we feel like it is something beyond our earthly existence.

To date, Bryce Canyon National Park is one of my favorite places that I have had a chance to visit and experience in my life. And what made my first trip there even more special was being able to land a great campsite right inside the park. This magical place is definitely one that I will be revisiting.

Even if you don’t feel like you can hike all the way down, I highly recommend going as far as you feel comfortable with. But, making sure you have enough energy (and water!) to hike back up.

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