It was a very nice drive in through Red Canyon. There was a paved bike trail for several miles, which looked interesting, but I think I am confining my bike riding to lower elevations:
Zion is hot during the days because it is only at 3,000’, but Bryce is much cooler because it is at 8,000+’. Zion is mostly desert with shorter trees and a lot of desert plants, while Bryce has mostly Ponderosa pine and is more forested. See my campsite for an example of this type of forest at Bryce:
Frankly, I am a little disappointed with Bryce. There is really less to see and do here. No real museum and not as many ranger programs as at Zion. While I spent eight days at Zion without getting very bored, I am getting bored here fast. I got here yesterday and took the shuttle today around the entire park, getting off at most stops and taking photos. Here are some photos of what I saw:
There is a longer drive down to Rainbow Point at the far end, and I signed up for a ranger tour of that for Tuesday at noon. It is three-and-a-half hour tour, so I will need to bring water and a snack.
It is really cold here, and it rained a bit, which does make me less likely to want to go out and explore. Kept my furnace running all night and will do the same tonight. I spent quite a bit of time today researching where I want to go over the next 4 weeks through Arizona and New Mexico, and I made some reservations where I could. Looking forward to the Flagstaff area and Phoenix!