A trail curves around a tree and along the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Utah. I love early morning hikes, especially in national parks. It often offers the best opportunities to enjoy the parks before all the people begin to come. Mornings offer the chance to enjoy the quiet of nature, but also on special mornings the sunrise creates spectacular light shows. This was taken as I was heading further down into the canyon just after the sun appeared over the horizon. At the top of the canyon it was cold and windy, but as I made my way down the wind died down and the light created some great photographic opportunities around the rock formations. If you take a trip to Bryce Canyon I highly recommend getting up early and heading down into the canyon. Get in a short hike and some pictures, then go enjoy a nice warm breakfast.
On my way to Yosemite I was able to spend one evening and morning at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah. Arches was an awesome experience to see the natural arches created by erosion. It was also a great place to see the amazing rock formations. Expect to hike to see several of the arches. Some are easy and some are more difficult. Unfortunately, due to time constraints I was unable to do as much hiking as I wanted. I do recommend starting early to avoid the heat of the day and the crowds. If you have time take in a sunrise or sunset.