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Not a Single Wildflower

Snow in Bryce Canyon

Snow in Bryce Canyon

It’s only about a 6 hour drive from Death Valley to Bryce Canyon, but the change in environment is dramatic.  While Death Valley sits at sea level (or below), Bryce is at roughly 8,500 feet.  Kind of a big change.  Where one is dry and warm, the other can be downright chilly – and snowy – especially in March.

And we weren’t disappointed.  We did find a fair amount of snow.  In fact, fresh snow fell on the second day we were there.  Maybe not as pretty as the “super bloom” we saw in Death Valley a few days earlier, but snow on red rock has its own special charm.  It also keeps the tourist count down.  We practically had the place to ourselves.  For an ornery old coot like myself, that’s a good thing.


5 Responses to “Not a Single Wildflower”

  1. Kathryn J

    What a fantastic picture! I have been to Bryce twice and both times in August so this is a treat to see.

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks Kathryn. Snow in places like Bryce and Zion is, as you say, a visual treat. My only disappointment at Bryce was not being able to hike down some of the trails – I could see ice in spots as they headed down into the canyon. And since I can be a little clumsy at times, I figured the best strategy was staying up on top…….

  2. E. Brooks

    We can see a little snow on top of mountains just to the west of us. but here in Leeds, UT, we seem to be about 50 miles south of the snow line for Utah at the moment. However, we’re feeling the chilly winds that go along with the weather systems sweeping through west to east. Still during the days the temperature is hitting the mid-60’s lower 70’s, so not bad.

    Lovely photo, Paul, and the snow makes the scene. Bryce is about 2.5 hours from us but it’s on our list for a visit. Hey, I’m more then a bit of an ornery old coot myself so I understand exactly where you’re coming from. 😉

    • Paul Maxim

      Yeah, those damn winds! It was windy (and sometimes rainy) the entire trip home. Sometimes we had gusts over 40 mph. You could see trucks and high profile campers and RV’s being pushed by it. It wasn’t a fun drive.

      If you go to Bryce, I’d go through Zion (route 9) and pick up 89 at Mt. Carmel Junction. That will take you through the Zion Tunnel and onto the eastern plateau of Zion. Both Barb and I think that’s the best – and least crowded – part of Zion. And if you keep your eyes peeled you have a good chance of seeing some Bighorn sheep. We’ve talked to a lot of visitors up there and every single one of them said they were absolutely awed by that part of the park. When we’re at Zion, Barb and I spend virtually all of our time up there.


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