Natural Bridge

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Nearest Area
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon City

Someone asked me the other day if I'd ever shot Bryce Canyon. I had been shooting in Zion National Park in the Winter and decided to hike the Canyon Overlook Trail. The trail was full of snow and ice (which means no tourists!) and a barricade at the trailhead said the trail was only open to those with traction devices. Lucky me. On my LONG list of hair-raising hikes, an icy Canyon Overlook makes the top few. At one point with no rails and a few thousand feet of lower canyon the trail is about 15 inches wide and completely iced over. I literally stood and stared at it for what seemed an eternity. Then grabbed a tree root that was hanging over me and inched my way across. At the overlook, I met 2 other photographers and we chatted for some time. One of them was a physician from Utah. I hiked back down and drove on to Bryce Canyon where I hiked the Queens Garden Trail which loops the Sunrise point and the Sunset point. It had just snowed and no one had been on the trail and the snow was knee deep. At 9,000 feet approx. elevation and with a heavy camera backpack it was a bit of a hike. I was camping in my SUV and it snowed all night, I watched the fireworks going off behind Ruby's as it was New Years Eve. I woke the next day with the one of the worse cases of altitude sickness I'd ever had. I walked over to Ruby's to get breakfast and ran into my physician hiker friend from Zion who said…go home or go to the hospital. I abandoned the campsite, checked into the lodge, took a hot shower and slept all day. Before I left, I shot this image. It was -4 degrees and the wind would come in painful gusts then die down and start back up. I had chemical hand warmers in my pockets and would have to go sit in my SUV between shots because I was still sick. My last image of a snowy exceptionally beautiful Bryce Canyon. In hindsight, my mistake was hiking too much (Canyon Overlook and Queens Garden) in one day and not drinking enough water. Unfortunately, I'm prone to altitude sickness but I definitely manage it much better now. So yes, I've shot Bryce Canyon !!

Date Added
June 23, 2016
Date Taken
June 23, 2016