Bryce National Park

Ron Niebrugge Photos, Travel, Utah 12 Comments

Winter sunrise, Bryce National Park, Utah.

Winter sunrise, Bryce National Park, Utah.

I just realized I have never shared any photos of Bryce National Park – as my visits there predated my blog.  That is a shame – walking up to the rim and looking down into Bryce for the first time is an amazing experience not unlike the first visit to the Grand Canyon.

This was back in 2004 and we were actually in Southern California when news reports predicted  a large winter storm would soon hit the West.  We got up early and drove straight to Bryce barely beating the storm and successfully getting snowed in for two days.  It was beautiful having such a National Park virtually entirely to ourselves with a fresh foot of snow!  But, it was cold for camping with temps in the single digits – still, totally worth it!

This winter I hope to do the same thing with Yosemite.

Over the next two weeks I don’t think I will do much posting here on the blog since since this is such a busy time of year for everyone.  I’ll pick up the pace again after the start of the New Year.

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  1. Beautiful photo – thank you!

    I hiked along the rim of Cedar Breaks once in the winter – not really the brightest move as I’d forgotten both crampons and snowshoes, but beautiful nonetheless.

    Not as nice as your photo, though 🙂

  2. I’d love to return and hike the trails one day. The salmon and apricot tones make this place so exceptional, and your photo uses this well.

    Merry Christmas to you and Janine, Ron, from Noella in sunny Western Australia.

  3. Happy Christmas to you all and thankyou for all the wonderful photographs. I shall (as usual) be in prison for Christmas working away !! Cheers Nina

  4. That’s quite a story, but sounds like fun. Are you planning on camping in Yosemite this winter? I’d like to go to Yellowstone in the winter.

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    Thanks a lot everyone and Merry Christmas!

    @ RambleFeet Sounds like a great hike!

    @ Scott Good question – I think I’m going to get a room, they don’t seem that expensive, and I’m more of a cold wuss then I used to be. 🙂

  6. Beautiful color! I’ve never seen Bryce in snow but love Rocky Mt. NP and Sedona. The red rocks here are spectacular with snow. One year I took photos of Rocky after a heavy frost. I’d never seen anything like it before — or since. Instead of white just on the tops of branches, it covered the pine needles. I see Moraine Park from my house and knew something different was happening. So glad I checked it out. It was one in a million. I’d love to see Yellowstone and Yosemite in snow too. Go for it! I’m sure your photos will inspire me. You may be interested to know that while I dwell on your photos of Alaska, I skipped a lot of Hawaii. Just didn’t turn me on for some reason. I was surprised.

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    @ Joni That sounds like a beautiful morning in Moraine Park! I too would love to see both the Y parks in snow – maybe Yosemite this winter. I hear you on the red rock with snow – that is always a treat. And, I’m about done with the Hawaii photos. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

    @ Paul Thanks! Merry Christmas!

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