Bryce Canyon 1: Higher Country

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Bryce Canyon National Park is mostly known for the so-called Bryce Amphitheater, which is near the entrance of the park and features the largest collection of hoodoos and other rain and wind carved structures. But the road travels another fifteen miles along the Paunsaugunt Plateau:

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We will begin at the far southern end of the park, where the road ends at Yovimpa and Rainbow Points. These are essentially overlooks, so not a lot to see here. First, the view from Yovimpa Point:

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And the view from Rainbow Points (sans the rainbow):

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Black Birch Canyon is our next stop — a fairly scenic overlook, but hardly the best in the park:

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While at this overlook, a crow came by eager to have his picture taken. So I complied with his wish:

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Perhaps the most famous spot in the park other than the Bryce Amphitheater is the so-called Natural Bridge, which is technically an arch rather than a bridge:

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And here’s a few trees from that general area:

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After Natural Bridge we find Fairview Point, which is an under-rated area with some interesting views. It was getting late in the day, so I did spend much time here; nor did I feel very confident leaving my car when I saw this sign. Are Americans really so stupid that they need a sign to remind them not to let their kids wander too closely to cliffs?

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Here’s what the scenery looks like in this area:

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Last but not least is Swamp Canyon:
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