Thanksgiving Desert Road Trip…Bryce Canyon National Park

It’s the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday, so it must be time for Valerie and I to do our annual road trip through the desert southwest of Utah and Arizona. This year, as we have in the past, we end the trip in Cortez, Colorado where we spend Turkey Day with my family.

Our first stop was a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. We had visited the park a few years before, but came back from the visit with some lousy photographs due to a bad camera lens. We arrived at the Best Western Ruby’s Inn in mid-afternoon, and then headed out to the viewpoints to get some evening shots of the canyon. Photos with direct views of the setting sun are mostly not possible as the majority of the park is oriented facing the east. However, the evening light really brought out the colors of the canyon’s multitude of hoodoos, making for some very nice photos.

Bryce Canyon at Sunset

We were limited to only a couple of viewpoints in the park as fresh snow kept the bulk of the park road closed.

During the night, another inch of snow fell and the park was engulfed in a dense fog.  After breakfast, we drove over to Bryce Point with the hope that the fog would lift by the time we got there…it didn’t. We met a visitor from Switzerland who had been waiting at the viewpoint with his camera at the ready for over an hour. After waiting for another half hour or so, the fog finally lifted long enough to get some beautiful shots of the canyon with its hoodoos covered with thin layers of fog and fresh snow. I think the photos we got the night before and this morning more than made up for the unsatisfactory shots we ended up with on the last trip.

Also, please view our video about Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon in the Morning


About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company ( After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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