100 Days of National Parks: Day 56 – Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon National Park

Sunrise Point

The view over Bryce Canyon at sunrise is truly a special sight, as the first light of the day shines across the distant plateaus of the Grand Staircase and illuminates the high walls and towering hoodoos of the Faerieland Amphitheater.  Crowds in the hundreds are known to assemble at the accurately named Sunrise point to watch the spectacle, and with good reason.  Of all the places I’ve watched sunrises, Bryce Canyon is one of the best.

I had the fortune of camping right next to the rim this past October, toward the tail end of a ten day road-trip through the southwest.  I woke up in the dim pre-dawn light, climbing up to the rim trail and walking out to an overlook that gave me a clean view of the eastern horizon.  It was cold, but as the sun rose above the distant mesas, it slowly revealed the broken landscape over which I sat, deep shadows slowly forming under the monolithic hoodoos that make Bryce Canyon so special.  It didn’t last long, those perfect sunrises rarely do, but those few minutes on the rim, watching as the light pushed away the darkness, fueled me for what was to be a long, full morning of hiking through the winding trails of the amphitheater.

Without fail, I find watching an amazing sunrise to be the most energizing activity I can imagine while traveling, and I try to catch them as much as possible, because they fuel me and get me in the creative mindset to go and capture more beautiful moments.



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