Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park is magical.  I’d spent the night in Hatch, Utah and woke up at 5am so that I could be at the edge of the canyon when the first light of the day hit the unique Bryce hoodoos.

 

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon NP

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon NP

 

Sunbeams and Hoodoos

Sunbeams and Hoodoos

 

Reflected Light on Thor's Hammer

Reflected Light on Thor’s Hammer

 

Bryce Canyon Hoodoo Glow Landscape

Bryce Canyon Hoodoo Glow Landscape

 

Thor's Hammer Reflected Glow

Thor’s Hammer Reflected Glow

 

White Hoodoo Glow

White Hoodoo Glow

 

Glowing Orange Hoodoos at Bryce

Glowing Orange Hoodoos at Bryce

 

After sunrise photos at Bryce I drove along scenic Highway 12, making a quick detour to check out the first 15 miles of the Burr Trail Road that connects Boulder with Bullfrog.  At mile 11 I stopped to explore a shallow slot canyon.

 

Burr Trail Slot Canyon

Burr Trail Slot Canyon

 

Next I passed through Capitol Reef National Park.  I took a look at the petroglyphs and hiked to the Hickman Bridge, a large natural arch.

 

Hickman Bridge Landscape

Hickman Bridge Landscape

 

My final destination for the day was Goblin Valley State Park, where I‘d reserved a campsite.  I’d never been to the park before and was excited to see it.  While taking photos before sunset, however, I realized I wasn’t sure how to do justice to the scope of the Valley of the Goblins.  Unique, quirky rock formations stretched across the entire horizon, and the hoodoos are so uniform in color that my attempts to capture the full sweep of the place fell flat.

 

Goblin Valley Campsite

Goblin Valley Campsite

 

Hoodoo Formations in Goblin Valley

Hoodoo Formations in Goblin Valley

 

Hoodoos in Goblin Valley

Hoodoos in Goblin Valley

 

Late Light on Goblin Valley Hoodoo

Late Light on Goblin Valley Hoodoo

 

Hoodoo Riot

Hoodoo Riot

 

Valley of the Goblins

Valley of the Goblins

 

Goblin Valley Panorama

Goblin Valley Panorama

 

Late Light on the Valley of the Goblins

Late Light on the Valley of the Goblins

 

Last Light on Goblin Valley Hoodoo

Last Light on Goblin Valley Hoodoo

 

After sunset, back at my tent, I watched the full moon rise over the desert.  It was so bright I didn’t need a flashlight that night.

 

Full Moon Over Goblin Valley

Full Moon Over Goblin Valley

 

Up for sunrise photos the next morning as usual, the clouds teased me with the possibility of epic color, but ultimately the best light was blocked.  I settled for a silhouette of a large hoodoo formation outside the main valley.

 

Sunrise at Goblin Valley

Sunrise at Goblin Valley

 

Antelope at Goblin Valley

Antelope at Goblin Valley