After visiting Bryce Canyon on a couple occasions, I still hadn’t fulfilled my dream of hiking down to the bottom of the canyon with my photography gear. The first time, I was hard pressed for time and could only drive along the rim of Bryce Canyon for a couple of hours, stopping only for a short period at vista points along the way.
During my two-week Southwest driving trip the following year, I dedicated an entire day to Bryce Canyon. But, again, I was out of luck. When I reached the park in the middle of May, the weather started rapidly changing and the warm spring morning transformed into a winter day complete with heavy snowfall. A hike down the canyon was out of the question.
Finally, luck was on my side during my third attempt. Again, it was the middle of May and the weather was unpredictable as usual at 9,000-feet altitude. The temperature was around freezing as it started and stopped snowing on a few occasions. Fortunately, the snow never lasted long and it was still dry.
The hike down the Navajo Trail was easy and fast. Only 45 minutes into the hike, it felt like I was in an entirely different climate zone. The temperature was around 20°C with absolutely no wind because the bottom was shielded by the canyon’s walls. It felt like summer.
I found myself exploring the bottom of the canyon wearing a t-shirt. A few hours later, I completed my hike and reached my car at the top where the weather was wintry once again.