Summer Bucket List | Hiking at Bryce Canyon National Park

Summer is in full swing here in Vegas (read: hot as an oven!) so going out to Bryce Canyon, UT this past weekend and enjoying cooler temps was such a nice break from the 100+ temps.  Since we were already going to Bryce Canyon for our half marathon, we decided to make a family trip out of it and add it to our Summer Bucket List!  

Our obligatory/traditional photo in front of the national park sign! 

Our obligatory/traditional photo in front of the national park sign! 

After the 5 hour drive on Friday (we took the scenic route) we totally needed to stretch our legs and let the kids run around.  We found a list of suggested trails and decided on Mossy Cave, it was an easy & short 0.8 trail that led to a small waterfall and offered pretty scenery.  It was just the right amount of exploring we needed before dinner and calling it a night since Jason and I had an early start the next day!  

After Saturday's Bryce Canyon Half Marathon and a hearty breakfast, we made our way to hike among the hoodoos on Navajo Loop.  It was a fun 2 mile trail that led you down into the canyon and then back up.  Some of the drop offs were kinda scary, especially with my daredevil Parkour loving 13 year old nephew and Diego ready to keep up with him!  But, we all survived and were starving afterwards.  My sister and Jared took off to come back to Vegas after our late lunch and we went back to the room to relax a bit.  Running a half marathon, then hiking for 2 miles really made us tired and I think I was in bed snoring by 9pm.  It would have been sooner but we had to get dinner and some groceries for the picnic we were planning the next day.  

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On Sunday, I was still a little sore from the race, but I felt so much better. After breakfast, we made our way back to the park so the kids could listen to a ranger talk, which was part of their Jr. Ranger program.  We've been doing these National Park Jr. Ranger booklets for years now, but this was the first year Elysse was actually excited about completing her booklet and getting the badge.  It was pretty cute :) Her souvenir from the trip was a army green Jr. Ranger vest!   

After our picnic lunch and a little walk around some lookout points, we pretty much called it a day and started our trip to Vegas!  Like I said, this was a much needed break from the Vegas heat and just the daily grind.  Going on road trips and vacations with my family is really one of my favorite things to do and I'm so grateful for all the memories we get to make together.  I can't wait for the next one!  

What's one of your favorite things to do with your family?  Do you have a favorite National Park? What's on your summer bucket list?