Wednesday, Oct. 14th, we drove from Jacob Lake to Ruby’s Inn just outside the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, where we’d stay for two nights, an easy drive of about two and a half hours. Ruby’s Inn is a whole city unto itself, you could stay for weeks, and we liked it fine there. After a quick lunch, we drove into the park, and a very kind Park Service person at the gate suggested I get a Senior Pass for $10 rather than pay the usual $30 entry fee. Senior Passes are for U.S. citizens who are 62 years old or older, and grant free access to all National Parks and Lands for life. What a great deal! This offer was on the entry sign at Grand Canyon National Park too, but we never looked at it. So, we saved $20 here, $30 at Zion, our next stop, and any parks we visit in the future are free. Ellen is not yet 62, but as long as I am, she gets in with me. Terrific!
After looking over the map, we drove to Bryce Point, the highest viewpoint in the Bryce Amphitheater, which is what they call the semi-circular area of the canyon with the most spectacular stone structures.
The view was indeed spectacular! The Amphitheater is filled with limestone walls and towers (called Hoodoos by the local Indians), and it’s hard to think of a more amazing and photogenic spot. The limestone is white originally, but often stained my minerals like iron, which creates the red colors.