Late Tuesday morning and early afternoon: I drove north on the park road, stopping at overlooks along the way. Most of these overlooks do not have any trails associated with them, but are simply small parking areas and sidewalks with an interpretive sign telling visitors what they are seeing.
The first stop was at the parking area to Black Birch Canyon. Years ago, when using a film camera, I would carry a notebook and write down what I was shooting in each frame. I didn’t write notes on this trip. However, I realized that with digital cameras, there’s no need to worry about wasting film, and that I could shoot photos of signs that would help to identify a set of photos. This is an example of one such identifying photo, and I include it because it also shows the typical signage and short paths leading from some parking areas to the overlook. Also, note the elevation here. Some people have problem with higher elevations, especially with exertion, but luckily I haven’t had such problems. Years ago, on my previous trip to the Four Corners states, I spent time camping with the Sierra Club near Aspen. I recall that we were camping at around 10,000 feet, and working on a trail that led to a mountain lake around 13,000 feet. So what’s a mere 8,800 feet above sea level?
The next stop on the park road was the overlook from Ponderosa Canyon:
Next up was Agua Canyon:
The next overlook was Natural Bridge.
Next up was Farview Point, which included a short trail to another overlook, Piracy Point. I think that this photo is actually from Piracy Point, though I’m not certain:
I spotted a small arch or bridge, and zoomed in:
I then drove past the Swamp Canyon overlook, knowing that I’d be returning there in the afternoon for my afternoon hike. I drove back toward the Bryce Amphitheater and went to my campsite, where I had lunch. There wasn’t much of a view from the campsite itself, which was in a small bowl, but then I spotted a trail from the campsite leading up a hill, and went to have a look. The trail was the Rim Trail, a trail running along the western half of the Amphitheater. So just a hundred yards from my campsite I topped a hill and had a very nice view, once I knew where to find it.
As I mentioned, just driving on the park road, it’s not unusual to see animals. Here are two photos of deer that were taken from the road, either from my car or standing close to it: