Monday, October 23, 2017

Hiking In Bryce National Park

Over the weekend we loaded the kids up and headed down to southern Utah for some hiking with family in Bryce National Park.  Normally we have a portable DVD player that the kids will watch movies on during our road trips. We are a little behind the times and our family doesn't own a tablet. Anyway, we didn't bring it this time and decided to bring games and books and coloring stuff instead. That won't happen again I don't think because J ended up getting car sick. I never really had that problem so I didn't even think about that.

Anyway, as soon as we got down there, even before checking into our hotel, we met up with some of my family and started hiking. It was really really windy. And if it weren't for that wind it would have been really nice weather. So please excuse my high school cross country sweatshirt in all of these pictures. I realized on this trip that I need to update my jacket wardrobe.

I've grown up in Utah and we did a lot of camping and hiking growing up, but somehow I'd never been to Bryce National Park before. It was amazing and so much fun! 

The first hike we went on was about 3 miles total and was pretty easy for the kids. The hikes start out up above all the hoodoos so you hike down inside to get to all of the trails. The hike in and out are switchbacks and they are a little steep. But we all made it on this hike really easy.

On the hikes we've been on as a family before, we have always borrowed a backpack for V to sit in. But we decided on this trip a little last minute so we didn't have time to find one. Trevon ended up carrying V the whole time both days. He would get down and walk around on the parts that didn't have a lot of steep areas or places that were a little easier to explore. (We also had V's child leash so that he wouldn't wander too far).

The first hike was called Navajo trail. And this one was really fun because there were lots of great places to take the kid's pictures. The girls loved being with their cousins and just exploring everything.  I loved watching them explore and not hearing any complaints. 

I'm pretty sure that M found the most photo op spots. Every time I turned around to find her she was posing somewhere else. 

The way back out was probably the most stressful part of the hike. The switchbacks are pretty steep off the edge and the kids didn't seem to notice as much as I did. I spent a lot of time yelling "stay on the inside! Stay away from the edge!" But they were all really good listeners and we all made it out in one piece. Then I found M sitting on a bench waiting for another picture haha. 

We went back to the hotel and ran into mine and Trevon's high school photography teacher (who I took twice a year for all four years) and it was fun to visit with him for a little while. Then we went to dinner and settled in our hotel room for the night. The hotel was supposed to have a crib for V but they ran out so we had to improvise.  He was not going to go to sleep. That boy was so wound up! I couldn't even get a clear picture of these three because of all the excitment. 

Day two was COLD! It wasn't quite as windy, but we started out hike out in 30-something degree weather. So we bundled up nicely and kept moving. The sun on the hoodoos made for some really amazing pictures though.

We decided to do Peek-a-boo trail on this day. It's a long hike and the kids did amazing! 

 This trail had some fun tunnels that and holes in the rock that you could peek through. My sister, mom and I had a conversation about how we were never nervous about heights growing up and then we had kids and now we are a little paranoid.

Also, V learned how to fake asleep.

The trail to this hike is a loop off from the trail that we took the first day. It was pretty steep hills and switchbacks the whole first half and all the kids made it without much of a fight at all. They did so well. I was very impressed and surprised. We also got a lot of compliments on the kids making it the way they did. When they did start getting tired we would give them a little break and bribe them with some m&m's to help them have a little extra energy. But really, there was no complaining. 

When we got back to the car, I checked our mileage on my phone to get an idea of how far they hiked. 7 miles guys! 7 very hilly (85 flights worth) miles and they walked the whole thing.

I would say that if you ever get a chance to go to Bryce National Park DO IT! They have lots of great hikes for all different levels to choose from.  And if our group of kids can make that 7-mile hike, you can too!

Who has been to Bryce National Park or any other National Park? What one is your favorite?

Are you a hiker?

What did your family do for fun while you were growing up?


  1. Looks like a wonderful trip! I went to Bryce as a kid and I LOVED it! I'd love to go back with my kids one of these days. Your pictures are perfect- such fun memories!

    1. Thank you! Bryce was so fun, you should definitely take your kids. I am looking forward to hiking a lot more with mine. Have a great day!

  2. My god you are so lucky ! I dream to go there...

    1. I really am! I feel like I should be taking advantage of the National parks around me more often (I went a lot more when I was younger). I hope you make it out here someday. Have a great day!