Bryce Canyon was definitely a National Park experience. We drove to the shuttle parking lot and hopped onto the big bus to get in the park. Our first stop was the bustling visitor center where we tried to get a game plan. The very nice, young ranger recommended the three-mile canyon rim trail. Sounded good to us because our destination was the location for a ranger lead geology talk. Fascinating, right? We rode the wonderful shuttle to our first stop & were immediately in awe of the vast canyon views. Joining other adventurous tourists, we began the hike. The views into Bryce Canyon with the thousands of spires, rock formations, hoodoos, windows & fins were inspiring to say the least. After the second view point, the crowds began to thin as we continued around the rim. It was fascinating to watch hikers & horses descend into the canyon along the twisted path. As the trail descended & rose, we begin to think we should have consulted an older ranger about our hiking options. By the time we reached our three mile destination we had climbed 25 floors (according to my fitness tracker)! Not exactly what we had in mind, but as always, we survived. Geology factoid of the day: Bryce Canyon is the top of the “grand staircase” that continues through Zion National Park to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Staircase is the world’s most complete sequence of rocks formed over vast timespans from sediment built up in lakes, seas, swamps, deserts, & forest. This formation of rock recounts a history of 525 million years. Whew!