This is one of our favorite videos. It was filmed in a large portion was filmed at Inspiration Point. The Piano Guys filmed this in Bryce Canyon. The park rolled out the red carpet for them in filming the video. It does give you a sense of the beauty of this great National Park. This place is just breathtaking at first site. Wear good hiking shoes that you can walk down on the paths at the bases of the formations.
The 1/2 Marathon starts at Ruby’s Inn on Hwy 63, Bryce (elev. 7,652 ft.). The course heads north, then turns east onto National Scenic Byway 12. The route descends through Bryce Canyon National Park, (click here to see photos) through the town of Tropic, and ends in Cannonville(elev. 5,800ft.). Runners must finish the 1/2 Marathon by 9:00AM. $3,000 cash prize will be divided between the top 5 overall male and female 1/2 Marathon runners. Shuttles will be available. The 5k Run/Walk starts at 6:30AM. in Cannonville.
Of course we would love for you to stay with us in our comfy and beautiful cabins, but there are some visitors who prefer to rough it and camp. If you are going camping for a week in a place like Bryce Canyon National Park, then this list of what to bring might help. You do not need to bring all of the items on the list, what we are only recommending is that you choose wisely from this list. We understand that it will be quite heavy for you to bring all of the objects in the list while camping in Bryce Canyon.
- First Aid Kit.
- Lamps and Lanterns.
- Foldable chairs and table.
- Utility knife.
- Map, compass, and GPS.
- Ice cooler.
- Pot, pans, plates, cups and utensils.
- Dishwashing materials.
- Trash bags.
- Tent. Don’t forget the pegs, sticks, rods and a hammer.
- Sleeping bag, blanket, mat or inflatable bed and pillow.
- Soap and Shampoo.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Shaving and waxing tools.
- Comb and mirror.
- Toilet paper.
- Jacket and umbrella.
- Hat, sunglasses and sunblock.
- Insect repellant.
- Sewing kit.
How to Distribute Your Backpack Weight Appropriately
Aside from the size and durability of your backpack, another important thing that you must consider in backpacking is how you will distribute the weight.
You will not fully enjoy the beautiful sceneries if you are being bothered by your heavy backpack. In knowing how to balance your load, simply follow this rule of thumb: 30% of the overall weight must rest on your shoulders while the remaining 70% must be supported by your hips. You may determine this proportion by estimation or you can actually measure your things. It is important that you know this already before packing your things so you will not have to make many adjustments while you are already backpacking. Also important is to balance both sides of your bag. Don’t put too much weight on one side as it may cause you to lose your balance.
Your hips must carry most of your load. There will be a high degree of comfort and with ease, you can cover long distances without hassles. You can also use the belt in your bag and wrap it around your waist to secure the weight distribution in your backpack. In this way, you can surely make long uninterrupted pace while you enjoy the beautiful sceneries.
The Queens Garden Trail beginning at Sunrise Point, descending 320 feet (98m), is considered the least difficult trail entering the canyon from the rim. Traveling this trail you will see many hoodoos, representative of garden like features. Using your imagination you may be able to see Queen Victoria at the end of a short spur trail, overseeing the garden before her. For more info click here
Hiking in Bryce Canyon is one of the best places in the world to see for yourself the great outdoors. So if you are planning to go for a long distance hiking trip in Bryce or elsewhere, it is important to take these simple training tips:
Photo Credit: Paul Fundenburg
- Daily Walks
The best training is to walk every day. Walking is the best possible exercise you can do if you want to be in perfect shape for a hiking adventure. After all, hiking requires a lot of walking. When you walk every day, you give your body that practice it requires. Walking is a repetitive slow kind of exercise that is recommended for everyone. If you think you would not like the idea of a daily walk, then you should not expect that you will be able to complete a long distance hike.
You do not have to do any extreme walking activities; you can just walk around your neighborhood. To properly train for that long distance hike, it would be a good idea to take a backpack with you, put in some weight (water bottles or gears) and take off to a park with hills that you can climb. If you live in a location with no hills or stairs that you can climb, a treadmill will do the trick.
You can walk two hours daily for two months before your big hiking adventure. That way you can be assured that you have given your body its much need training.
Keep your Body Weight Ideally Healthy
Maintaining a healthy body weight is also important if you want to tackle long distance hiking. It is essential to understand that body fat plays an important role in your training; too much is not good and too little can cause problems as well. Without enough body fat, you lose the ability to store energy when there isn’t any food around.
Most hikers bring lightweight high calorie food when they go. Two pounds of such food in a day provides about 3500 calories. But that figure is not enough even for a 12-hour hike, which will require 5000 or more calories to be burned. If you simply depend on your high calorie supply, you will be energy deficient for most of your trip.
The trick here is reach your ideal body weight and then maintain it. Do not try too much to lose weight though, as the hike will surely do that to you.
Start a Strict Workout Program
Before you start off to your hiking adventure, you can effectively prepare your body by starting on a regimented workout. It offers two benefits: strength and health improvement and general fitness; and building of self-discipline.
When you wake up in the morning at 5:30 you are preparing yourself for your hiking trip. You may have to drag your butt out of bed during the first few mornings, but that will improve in time as your body clock will soon get acquainted with your alarm clock.
You must understand that when you go for long distance hikes in or around Bryce, that you must be ready for every possible discomforts and pains. If you think that dragging your feet out of bed every morning is difficult, you should imagine having the need to get off the warm sleeping bed and face up to cold mornings when you go hiking. Hiking in Bryce Canyon can be both extremes, it can be very cold and snowy, or it can be incredibly hot, so be prepared.
Try Shake Down Hikes
Shakedown Hikes are hiking trips that you can try out to test out your skills, fitness, endurance and gear prior to your planned hike. There are hikers that have skipped this training part, and they discovered late that they cannot complete the long distance hikes they planned.
If you are really decided to go for that highly adventurous long distance hike like some of the most exciting hiking trails offered in Bryce, you shouldn’t forget to train. When your body is fit and your mind is ready, you can be assured that you will not be included to the long list of long distance hiking dropouts.
Hiking is one of the best outdoor activities to get indulged in. Especially in Bryce Canyon with it’s views and amazing trails. We know you love Bryce Canyon cabins, but combining a cabin stay with a hike is really the best way to experience Bryce. Here’s a list of things that are important for you to bring along when hiking in Bryce Canyon.
Photo Credit: Paul Fundenburg on flickr
Footwear. It is important for footwear to make you comfortable and will provide support all throughout your hiking experience. Trail shoes are good when hiking on a short day without having heavy loads or taking technical trails. Whereas, hiking boots is highly necessary if you are hiking on a rough terrain with heavy loads.
Food. Anything might keep your hiking trip a little than anticipated like enjoying the stream, encountering rough terrain or being injured. Regardless of how long your hike is, bring extra food to maintain your morale and energy.
Water. Bring plenty of water to keep your body energized. With less water intake on the way, you will get thirsty and if it persists, you might be prone to the risk of having altitude sickness and hypothermia.
Tracking Devices and Maps. To track your location and other important sites like emergency route exit, campsites and water access, tracking devices like GPS and compass are necessary along with maps.
First Aid Kit. Medicines and bandages are some of the most important supplies that should be included in your first aid kit. You can acquaint yourself with knowledge on first aid by attending a Wilderness First Aid Class or American Red Cross.
Whistle, fire and lighting. Fire is useful to prepare instant hot meals or beverages as well as it keeps you warm in the midst of cold and dark woods. Also, this could be used to set out emergency signal. Whistle could be used so that you can be easily tracked when lost. If you are caught after dark, flashlights and lighters are great companions.
Wear Weather Gear and Extra Clothing. As weather forecast is not always exact and may change anytime, it is appropriate to bring along extra clothing as well to combat the rain. Always bring a hat and do not wear cotton clothing because it makes moisture stick closer to your skin.
Protection Against the Sun or Snow. To save yourself from the scorching heat of the sun sunglasses and sunscreen are amongst the best protection. Likewise, sunglasses are best to prevent snow blindness.
Knife or a Handy Multi Purpose Tool. These supplies are useful in numerous purposes such as removing splinters, cutting strips of clothing to be used as bandages, fixing broken eyeglasses, aids in repairing malfunctioning gears among others.
Packback or Daypack. Hit the trail with all the comforts with you. Find a daypack or backpack that can make you comfortable and look smart with all the loads and essentials inside it. Make sure that it has a rain cover as well.
Consider packing the above essentials when planning to trail the woods on a hike. This will not only make your hiking experience much remarkable but as well keep you safe and comfortable. We love our Bryce Canyon cabins, but we’ve spent a lot of time hiking trails like the Navajo Loop, Queens Garden, and Mossy Cave and by following these tips we’ve never ran into any problems.