We arrived midafternoon and drove to the amphitheater area to take in the view. It’s not a huge area, but definitely impressive. Because most of the group had sore legs and feet from the previous day’s hikes, we decided to only take a short hike and did the Navajo loop. It takes you down into the canyon to observe the hoodoos from the bottom looking up. You wind around the pillars, walk under natural bridges, and alongside dead desert creek beds.
We hung out for a couple hours wanting to see the sunset which supposedly casts magnificent glows onto the red canyon. Naturally we chose sunset point to watch the light show, but surprisingly we were underwhelmed. My parents expected it to look like the sunsets at arches that illuminated the landscape in a fiery red, and I expected something… but in our opinion there wasn’t really much. We heard later we should’ve chose a different viewpoint maybe Bryce point or Paria point.
We spent the night near Bryce at Red Canyon campground – first come, first serve. No reservations. I highly recommend it. There are flush toilets, running water, water spigots, and pay showers. All the campsites have trees, picnic tables and a fire pit. It’s a self pay campground at $20/night. The showers are $2.50 for 8 minutes.
Since it’s first come first serve and we arrived around noon, we were a bit worried we wouldn’t get a spot. But there were more open spots than taken spots so we even had the luxury of choosing what spot we wanted.