After we left Arches and Canyonlands, we drove on Utah Scenic Byway 12 to get to Bryce Canyon National Park. This route took us through the Dixie National Forest and to the remote town of Boulder. It was here that we had one of the best meals we’ve had on this trip at Hell’s Backbone Kitchen. It was such a delicious surprise in such a remote area!
During our visit to Bryce Canyon National Park we stayed in Kodachrome Basin State Park. At first, I was a little disappointed as it was a thirty minute drive to get to Bryce but the lovely site we had and the beauty of the area won us over! Kodachrome is home to a formation, called Pipes, that are only known to be in this spot in the world! It’s not exactly known what makes formed them.
We even got to hike around the Kodachrome area and see Shakespeare Arch, a pipe and a beautiful sunset.
It’s amazing to see the multi-colored layers of rock exposed all throughout this huge area that has been named the Grand Staircase. So many layers and of such different color, density and characteristics. Pink cliffs in Bryce step down to Gray Cliffs, then White, Vermillion and Chocolate…all the way to the Grand Canyon!
On our last evening, as we were sitting down to dinner, Harris was the first to spot the most amazing rainbow I have ever seen. it was a full double and it was so vivid it didn’t seem real. It was magical.