Leaving the Kolob Reservoir we headed north, plenty of miles on a rough graveled road. After two hours we entered Cedar City to fill up our groceries. We had enough time the last days to think about our following travels and decided to change our tires. It took two hours at the dealer’s garage for changing them, so we stayed at a campsite not far away.
Next morning our van climbed up the mountain to the Cedar Breaks National Monument with an elevation of 10.467 feet (3190 meter). Interesting landscape there: On the one hand it looks like at the flatlands in the Austrian Alps and on the other hand like the red rock canyon at Zion. We did a little hike at the Ramparts Trail to the Spectra Point on the rim for about two miles. When you are not used to that elevation, it is quite breathtaking, but it’s a gorgeous overlook!
Then we passed the Dixie National Forest and decided to stay on night in Panguitch. It was weekend and so it doesn’t make sense to arrive in the Brice National Park at late afternoon by a campsite with first-come-first-serve. We got up at 6:30, fixed a site at the North Campground, had breakfast, fetched a hiking map and started the Queens Garden Trail by the Sunrise Point at 9:30. Fascinated of these unique rock sculptures we continued to Navajo Look Trail, short outtake to the Two Bridges and walked up at the Wall Street. Pictures can say more than thousand words. That was cool guys!
Not enough for that day we walked to the Sunset Campground, caught a shuttle and went to the Bryce Point. Great Overlook to the canyon! We continued hiking on the Rim Trail, passed the Wall of Windows and stopped at the Inspiration Point. One big cloud shaded the canyon and it started raining. We were glad not to be at the Sunset Point, where we had been before, because we saw a lightning hitting the cliffs over there.
After about six miles hike and waiting + going with the shuttle we returned close to 3:30 pm at our campsite. Perfect for taking an afternoon rest and preparing dinner. We never expected to explore most of the great spots at Bryce Canyon in one day. But when you start early, it is possible. Easily! Next morning we waited for the eclipse between 10:30 and noon. Bryce was not in the center and it was pretty cloudy. But it was a nice experience, when the wildlife shut up and it gets darker and colder. Next heading east: Grand Staircase National Monument