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Bryce / Zion October 2012 trip report. Finally!!! I got a new camera for this trip and took over 800 pictures! Whew.... Took a bit to go through to pick the best ones for ya!

We had planned to go camping in the Bryce and Zion area of southern Utah, thinking we would visit the NP’s and do some backcountry camping. Once we started to do some research, we found there was not much boondocking near the Bryce and Zion NP’s. A lot of backcountry camping seemed to be found more near Escalante and south near the Grand Cyn. We did not want to spend much time driving, as we did camping and hiking, so we decided to stay and explore only in the NP’s.

This turned out to be pretty good, because we were able to take the time to explore these NP’s that are really quite extraordinary. We had about 3 days at each. We typically like to be off the beaten path. Yet, a good experience in a NP is fun too. It helps to be camping this time of year as it is not yet too cold and the crowds are much less. We left during the week of halloween!

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Our first stop was Bryce Canyon National park in Southern Utah.

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We pulled in around 2pm and it was quiet and slightly overcast. This time of year Bryce is first come, first served for the campgrounds. Only North campground was open. Most of the sites accommodate RV and truck camper type vehicles. The signs are easy to read as to what type of vehicle can camp where. After driving around and finding lots of open space, we landed at this campsite on the B-loop. A nice site, tucked back, under some trees. This site was near the rim of the amphitheater which made it cool to walk over at night. Most of the campsites are pull though vs. Back into. This was nice and made for easy exploring and returning.

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Bryce is beautiful. Red rock in the formations called “Hoodoo’s” showing many layers, millions of years of time. There is a great rim hike that meanders around the amphitheater of the hoodoo’s bowl. There are also hikes into the hoodoo’s which were a blast. We hiked the English Gardens trails to the Navajo trails and the trail to China Wall. We also drove around the rim.

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We then left for Zion National Park, which is about an hour south. A beautiful drive between the 2 parks.

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We were still able to make reservations at the Watchman Campground, which we did, several months before the trip. A basic NP campground. The washrooms were under construction so we were really glad to have our camper. One of the things I liked about this campground was that each site has electric. This way, no generators are run and the campground is quiet. Our site was an easy back in site.

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And of course we had our staples, beer, vita-water and p-nut butter.

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We hiked the Kyenta trail to the emerald pools, weeping rock and “The Narrows”.

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“The Narrows” hike was a very cool through the slot canyon and through the running water. As the water was pretty cold and so was the air temperature, we rented special neoprene shoes and a dry bib to keep us warm. We hiked upstream about 2 hours. Very fun hike.

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A beautiful National Park experience. I could really see taking time to explore this side of Utah.

Some other pictures....

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Two of my favorite places. Nice rig too.

Thanks for the photos and trip report.


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that looked like a fun trip,and great pics,thanks


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Nice pics. Utah is fantabulous (yes, that's a new word).


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Beautiful pictures! That new camera is really working for you! Thanks for sharing.


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Outstanding trip report and especially the photos!

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Posted: 11/30/12 10:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great pictures and great trip report. What was the brand camera that you used?

Also did you got there from your listed location and how long did it take you to get there?
I am lost in the same county.

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Great pics guys. Thanks for the share.


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Great pictures, really liked the sunset and reflection.





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Beautiful pictures, I love that area. Where did you rent the boots and bibs from? When Whazoo and I hiked Parunuweap Canyon in early Nov that water was pretty cold so I was pretty envious.


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