The highlight of Bryce Canyon National Park is its display of giant colored (red, orange, pink, tan and white) limestone rocks eroded into unusual pinnacle shapes. A healthy feature about this public land is the trails of opportunity to walk around in the mosaic landscape.
Bryce Canyon hiking trails start at the top, with steep slopes going down and back up. With this in mind, two vital tips involve wearing proper footwear and being realistic about your actual physical condition. Flat soled shoes offer little traction for moving about in steep, rocky terrain. And going too far down while out of shape may put you at risk of over exerting during an effort to get back up.
Judging from all the spots of burned forest and warnings to stay in your vehicle during thunderstorms, lightening seems to strike frequently on the ground in Bryce Canyon National Park. It is not healthful to be caught outside your car or an enclosed building during an electrical storm. So, take into account local weather predictions before setting out on a hike.
The lowest spot in Bryce Canyon is over 6,000 feet and the highest altitude reaches in excess of 9,000, this means less concentration of oxygen in the air. Those living at or near sea level can experience mountain sickness because of a significant elevation change. And because of the less oxygen thing, take time to catch your breath with short breaks while on the move in the upward direction.
Bryce Canyon is a land of rock and trees, with numerous picnic table locations to refuel in nature after a strenuous bout of exercise! If you travel in with a picnic basket of some sort, then you can eat and relax in a forest of fresh air and sounds of the wild. In the alternative, health promoting food is available in and just outside the park.
Travel Tip: Take in the colorful cliffs of nearby Zion National Park.