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Mossy Cave

One quick, last post about my recent trip to Utah. On our last morning there, before driving back up to Salt Lake City and the airport, we took the short hike in Bryce Canyon National Park to Mossy Cave. This short trail travels along a stream up to a mossy grotto that weeps groundwater. It is a pleasant and beautiful little hike that let you experience Bryce Canyon without the huge crowds or paying an entry fee. The grotto (ie the “cave”) is interesting from a geologic perspective, but difficult (at least for me) to photograph. More photogenic are scenes along the stream, looking up into the surrounding hoodoos and formations, and a small waterfall on the stream.

The trail  starts from a small parking area along Highway 12 between the town of Tropic and the turnoff to the main entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. The day before we took the Mossy Cave hike, we took a hike in the main part of the park. Needless to say, we were not lonely on the trail. There may have been one 30 second span where we did not see any other hikers, but most time, it was not different in the number of people than walking down the sidewalk in downtown Seattle. The Mossy Cave trail was different, only a few other people, well at least until near the end of our hike when a tour bus pulled up and spit out a crowd.

If you have an extra hour when visiting Bryce Canyon, I highly recommend the Mossy Cave hike.

The stream along the Mossy Cave Trail

Small windows in the formations above the trail.

The small waterfall near the end of the Mossy Creek Trail

I couldn’t post about Bryce Canyon without at least one shot of the “main event.” This was taken shortly before sunrise from near Inspiration Point. Sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park is an experienced not to be missed. Just do not expect to be the only one there. I shared this view with hundreds of other people.

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11 responses

  1. Heide

    Wow, Joe. Your photos are among the most beautiful I’ve ever seen of Bryce Canyon! Especially that last one. There may have been one hundred other photographers there, but I’m betting you walked away with one of the finest shots. Stunning!

    June 25, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    • You are way too kind. Thank you.

      June 27, 2017 at 12:21 pm

  2. Beautiful.

    June 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

  3. Another productive trip for you Joe! I like the way you tamed the contrast under the varied light. My favorite is the creek along the trail with the side lighting…. Nice!

    June 25, 2017 at 11:18 pm

  4. I was in Bryce Canyon in 2015 but didn’t get to Mossy Cave. One trail was closed on that time so maybe it was this one …

    June 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    • I understand the trail was closed for awhile due to flooding taking out a bridge over the creek. So it is likely this is the one

      June 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      • Yes, that sounds probable. A goal for my next trip to the USA 😀

        June 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm

  5. Beautiful pictures! I have never seen anything like that in person. Thanks!

    June 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    • Thanks. Part of my goal with this blog is to show people new places.

      June 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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