This is like no other place in the world! Yes, it is in the high desert and you will have to deal with some cacti and crawly creepy things, but it is all worth the effort. And remember, no matter what anyone tells you, the creepy crawly things are more afraid of you than you are of them!
Ok, let's get this out of the way now.
Here is the rattlesnake that I KNEW I would find in the area somewhere, he was harmless and posed very nicely for me!
This is one of the many arches at Bryce Canyon
This is the Amphitheater, the most spectacular view in Bryce (IMHO)
Here I am taking the shot looking down on the Navajo Loop trail...yes it DOES go down for some distance...we linked in to another trail which was a lot easier up than coming back this way!
Another view on the Navajo Loop trail
We came upon these turkeys on our way to the Emerald Pools located just across from the Lodge at Zion
And...a trail companion we found along the way
A waterfall into on of the Emerald Pools
Along the trail up to the third pool, I came across this conglomeration of cairns prepared by prior hikers. It was a quiet celebration for the rest of us!