5 Unusual Things to Do in Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park’s crazy hoodoos cry out for imagination and adventure.
Like many National Parks, a drive to the overview and a quick picture often satisfy the driving traveler. But this national treasure will reward you if you walk the Navajo Trail and take the Queen’s Garden path. This hike has super steep paths, so be sure your shoes are sturdy and your knees are ready. Elsewhere you can find a description of the hike, but here I suggest 5 unusual things to do in Bryce National Park.
1. Imagine the largest sand-drip castle in the world.
The beginning of the Navajo Trail hike rewards you with views of Bryce Canyon. It reminds me of when I was a kid at the beach building drip castles, except this one is the biggest castle ever.
2. Find how the hoodoos were really made.
All along the trail, you’ll find miniature mining equipment. The National Park Service uses it to maintain the trail. But if you ask me, I’m sure it’s really the little people who live in the canyon. They come out at night and sculpt the hoodoos. I’m convinced.
If you’re not convinced by the mini equipment everywhere that little people build the hoodoos at night, you can’t deny the evidence of the 5 little people doors you’ll go through along the Navajo Trail. Watch your head as you duck through.
4. Climb the tree to get to the top of the slot canyon.
I didn’t. But after hiking up the slot canyon (see 5), I began to think that climbing one of the trees that magically decided to grow in such harsh conditions might have been easier.
5. Step up the slot canyon.
If you start at the Queen’s Garden end of the Navajo Trail, the last section is Wall Street. Here, you’ll find a slot canyon you must climb via a steep trail and switchbacks. Fortunately, there is not much threat of water rushing through this canyon, so you’re relatively safe from external factors. As you go up, be sure to look both up and down. The views are stunning.