Canyonlands is a gigantic park that encompasses all of the canyons created as the Green River joins with the Colorado River. It’s about half the size of the Grand Canyon, which is still pretty big! The north half is called the Sky Island because you overlook the canyon from an island carved out over millions of years by the rivers. The bottom half, a 60 mile drive away, is deep within the canyon. We had one fun hike in the northern part, up some slickrock that looked like a big whale. But otherwise, we had a lot more fun within the canyon on day 2.
Snow! And lots of it! Bryce is the highest point we’ll be hiking - around 9,000 feet. So there’s still a lot of snow up here, which made for a good impromptu snowball fight on our hike! We also came upon what looked like a vortex - just like in Sedona there are all these little rock stacks signifying where the energy vortex is heading to the sky… or something like that. Whatever it is, the kids love making them!
Off to Bryce. This place is amazing. For people used to hiking in Arizona, it’s hard to impress us! But the hoodoos here are just spectacular. Sophie was especially excited about seeing Thor’s Hammer - a tall hoodoo topped with a rectangular boulder. The hiking here was freakier - lots of thousand foot dropoffs with not a single fence or barrier in site. Yikes!