Monday, September 21, 2015

How to see Bryce Canyon for free

If you don't already have an America the Beautiful interagency pass, and you don't want to pay $30 at the entrance station, you can still see Bryce Canyon free.

One of the first things you see when driving into the park, after the gas-food-lodging-shuttle-souvenirs area, is the big stone park sign where people stop to take selfies. About a tenth of a mile past that, before reaching the entry station, there's a road on the left. (There's no sign in this direction, but there is in the other, leaving the park. I think the Park Service is being sneaky.) This road goes to Fairyland Point.

Fairyland Point not only gives you a good hoodoo viewing experience from the rim (see photo), it's also a trailhead. If you enjoy hiking, you can connect to the rest of the trail system and see as much of the park as your legs and lungs will allow you to.

The parking lot at Fairyland Point is very small. It's best to get there before 9:00—even if you entered the park legitimately.

Oh, and another way to see Bryce Canyon free? Get a job there, like I did 40 years ago.

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