Bryce Canyon is a special place to visit and the Fairyland Loop is the best of the hiking trails of the Park We have chosen to hike the Fairyland Loop each year for the last 3 years (see below for links to previous stories). This year we hiked it in reverse and a sunny morning in September.
The scenery along this 8 mile trail is so stunning that doing the hike again feels like the first time, every time. Find a time to go when there are few people around to enjoy the quiet seclusion of many extranordinary spots along the route.
"Find a place that resonates within, then stop to let your senses drink in the scenery that surrounds you. Open then close your eyes, and repeat this until both the essence and the details becomes a part of you. Engage your sense of smell and hearing. Touch the rock and the bark. Let your hands know the landscape, along with your feet and your eyes. Engage your sense of wonder and let this place become a part of you."
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." (John Muir)
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. " (John Muir)
"I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found." (John Muir)
"This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls." (John Muir)
"One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul." (John Muir)
We will return to the Fairyland Loop for as long as we can, but the singularity of this trail is already a part of us, even as winter approaches.