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Near Fairyland Point, Bryce Canyon # 6156

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Date: 2004.11.19
Vantage Point: From near the trailhead on the Fairyland Point Trail

Caption: Bryce Canyon's rock formations are part of the Pink Cliffs that mark the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

PhotoDescr: Bryce Canyon's rim is the watershed between the Great Basin (which drains nowhere; all its rivers end either in sinks or salt lakes) and the Colorado River drainage. The Escalante Mountains are visible in the distance, across the valley of the Paria River.

Mid-November is a little late in the hiking season for Bryce; the area had already received its first major snowfall, and when I hiked the Fairlyland Loop trail, the temperatures at the start were below freezing. The upside is that the trails were firm rather than muddy and I had the place to myself almost the entire hike; the park's 1.7 million annual visitors tend to come earlier in the year. It was also easy to avoid heat stroke.

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