and so that is exactly what I did this past weekend. Bryce Canyon National Park is located about four hours south of where I reside, a perfect weekend getaway where one can enjoy being outside, and in nice weather. Not being much of a planner, I only checked the weather forecast the night before to see that a potential severe weather watch was in place for our State for the weekend.
I took my chances anyway, and early on Saturday morning, I loaded up the car with the barest of essentials, and drove to adventures unknown.
This was my first stop inside the park. I was blown away by the scene in front of me. Excitedly, I got my backpack ready and hit the hiking trail down into the canyon. I made it about 1/2 a mile when the trail disappeared under the snow. I ventured off the trail to see if maybe I could pick up the trail a little further down, but what I discovered is that Bryce Canyon still has lots of snow in April. I turned around, disappointed that I couldn’t hike down any further. As I was walking back up the snow covered trail, my legs sunk into the snow up to my crotch. I was screaming in pain from the sudden cold, and as I struggled to free myself, I saw that the snow had left several cuts on my bare legs.
Lesson learned. Stay off the deep snow.
My next stop was Agua Canyon, and you just have to love a place where each stop is more breath taking than the last. After this I also went to Ponderosa and Black Birch canyons, which also offer amazing views.