Highway to Bryce Canyon

I was posting about our fall motorcycle trip out west when the holidays took over.  We had a busy, frantic, yet fun holiday season and, as always, when it’s over I’m glad to get back in the regular routine of things.

Last we spoke we were in the Grand Canyon so I will pick up the story from there.

leaving the grand canyon

We left Cameron, AZ (which is on the east side of the Grand Canyon) and headed north on Hwy. 89.  From here, there are actually two highways that will get you to Bryce Canyon.  Hwy 89 and Hwy 89A.  Since we have to backtrack this way to reach Monument Valley, we will take both.

We chose to take Hwy 89A first.  This highway will take us to the Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon.  The mountains along the way are breathtaking.

scenery in arizona

view from the navajo bridge

The original Navajo Bridge was completed in 1929.  Until then, the only way to cross the Colorado River was by ferry.

navajo bridgeAs cars and trucks became larger and heavier, a new bridge was built and completed in 1995.  The original bridge was left and is now used as a pedestrian bridge.  There is a visitor’s center next to the bridge for convenient parking.

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photo from internet

From the bridge, you can see the Colorado River 470 feet below.  Do you see the raft?

view from the navajo bridge

at the navajo bridge

Hwy 89A runs parallel to the Vermillion Cliffs and it looks as if the Vermillion Cliffs are seeing some rain.  Better get on the rain gear.  Again.

view from the navajo bridge

vermillion cliffs hwy 89AFortunately, we missed the rain.  Barely.  Which is good because we came upon an jack-knifed truck that stopped traffic for almost an hour.  As we stood around waiting for the road to clear, we were able to visit with several people who were out of their vehicles walking around.  One couple in particular offered us shelter in their truck if the rains did happen.  They were on their way to Utah with a prototype bear-proof trash can he had invented to be tried out in the state parks.  Pretty cool.

When the traffic cleared, we continued through House Rock Valley until 89A ran into 89 in Utah.

hwy 89a hwy 89a hwy 89a

Our destination for the night was Bryce Canyon City, Utah right about where the rain clouds are in this picture.  sigh

hwy 89 utah

glad I kept my rain gear on

bryce canyon

Welcome to Bryce Canyon

As you can see, rain comes and goes quickly in the mountains

near bryce canyon utah near Bryce canyon

but we’re not out of the woods just yet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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9 Responses to Highway to Bryce Canyon

  1. We’re leaving for Arizona on Thursday and will be at the Grand Canyon from Friday to Sunday! We’re heading south afterwards to visit my husband’s 99 year old grandmother so we’ll miss Bryce Canyon and the northern stops, but we’ll get there next time.

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  2. ChgoJohn says:

    I toured the west twice during my college days and Bryce Canyon was on the itinerary both times. My wisdom teeth forced us to cut our trip short the first time and a traffic accident ended our 2nd trip. I’ve been told by many that I should try again and your photos are doing their best to persuade me. It sure would be nice. :):)

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  3. This is a place I hope to visit one day soon….and I love traveling with you on the road…it has been fun! Happy New Year!

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  4. Nikki G says:

    Glad you are back to posting! I have enjoyed the trip out west with you! So cool that they left the first bridge for folks to walk on! Happy New Year!

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  5. bittster says:

    Love the pictures and always love a good story!
    We were out there years ago and one of the things I’ll always remember were those roving rain clouds that would open up here and there. Ok with a car to jump back into, but I’m sure it’s a different story on a bike!

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