Monthly Archives: August 2009

Bryce Canyon, Utah – August 31, 2009 (P.M.)

Monday afternoon: After lunch, I drove about five miles to the north, into an area of the park called Water Canyon. It is actually outside the entrance to the park, so one can visit this area without paying admission. This area is home to Mossy Cave and a small waterfall. The trail is only about 0.9 miles, each way, with an elevation change of 300 feet.

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Bryce Canyon, Utah – August 31, 2009 (A.M.)

Monday morning: By the way, what are Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks? There’s a geological region called the Colorado Plateau, which takes up a big chunk of the “Four Corners” states: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. This plateau has the greatest concentration of national parks in the United States. Scientists say that the region was once flat land, was then pushed up by tectonic activity, then slowly eroded over millions of years.

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Bryce Canyon, Utah – August 30, 2009

Years ago, I had enjoyed a vacation to the Four Corners states, especially enjoying Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Other tourists had told me that I should visit Bryce and Zion, and I always hoped to return. I finally decided that this would be the year.

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