Driving about 50 miles total throughout the day; approximately 2 hours total drive time, with stops. Walking approximately 3 miles total: sunrise walk to Bryce Point is less than 1/2 mile roundtrip, paved; Queen's Garden walk is about 2 miles roundtrip; walk to Yovimpa Point is approximately 1/2 mile roundtrip, paved.
At the lodge, we will have a plentiful buffet, featuring an assortment of hot and cold items, eggs, breakfast meats, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pastries, potatoes, yogurt, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, water.
Before breakfast there will be an elective motorcoach trip to Bryce Point where early risers will be rewarded with a spectacular sunrise over the richly colored hoodoos of Bryce amphitheater. Here we can watch both the brightening eastern horizon and the hoodoos change below us in Bryce Amphitheater. In the horizontal light of dawn, the colors are wonderfully rich. After breakfast, we’ll all board the motorcoach, drive to a location near the Bryce Rim and take a short walk to Sunrise Point. Here, we’ll also see the famous Twinkle Toes tree, and learn about the forces of erosion. From here we will have several hikes or walks to choose from. The hardest choice is a 1.8 mile roundtrip hike led by one of our Group Leaders, who will take us below the canyon rim to Queen’s Garden for the experience of an entirely different view from the canyon floor, looking up at the hoodoos. You may elect to turn around part way down, or you may choose to walk with our other Group Leader along the flat, paved rim. Then we'll all reboard our motorcoach for the spectacularly scenic drive to Rainbow Point.
At Rainbow Point, at 9,115 feet above sea level, we’ll enjoy a boxed lunches featuring sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies.
At Rainbow Point, we’ll have a photo opportunity before setting out on a short walk through high woods of many types of conifers to Yovimpa Point. From here, we’ll enjoy expansive views from the top of the Grand Staircase and Navajo Mountain to the east, and the Kaibab Plateau to the south. After walking back from Yovimpa Point, we’ll board the motorcoach for the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center to view the award-winning park video, and visit the natural history museum. We’ll then return to the hotel.
In the Bryce Canyon Lodge dining room, we will enjoy a tasty plated dinner, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, or water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening at leisure.