Wednesday, July 31, 2013

June 5, 2013 - Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome State Park

Up at 6:30 and enjoying the cool breeze this morning, rather than the howling wind of yesterday evening. Made coffee and got on the road to Bryce.  We arrived at Bryce Canyon National Park around 9:30.  

Clouds were beginning to roll in, keeping the temperature down.

Natural Bridge, Bryce National Park

Fairy Land Point, Bryce National Park

Yovimpa Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, 9,400 feet

When we reached the end of our drive through Bryce we were on the Paunsaugunt Plateau, which used to be connected to the Aquaris Plateau 30 miles across the valley.  16 million years ago, when the Rocky Mountains began rising, north south faults split the table land into seven separate plateaus.  At the southern end of the park where we were is 9, 105 feet above sea level, almost 2,000 feet higher than the Aquaris.

We left Bryce and continued on Highway 12 to Kodachrome State Park.

Arriving at Kodachrome State Park.

The formations are made of a formation of sandstone called "Entrada" formed during the Jurassic Period.

Campsite 11 Kodachrome State Park

Our campsite was # 11.  Spaces 12, 13  and 14 were fantastic.  All spaces on the outside of the loop were good. It was a challenge to stay in the shade for the afternoon.  We hiked over the rocks, where Mark found one of his shots, and along the nature trail that had nature quotes along the way.  Lots of hiking and off roading could be done from this park.  The facilities were good, free showers.  The stars were wonderful. 

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