Zion, Bryce, and Everything Nice Fall Break OP Trip

by | Oct 17, 2018 | Culture

Over Fall Break, myself (Caillie Roach), Hanna Lemaire, and Jacob Caplan led an Outdoor Programs Fall Break trip to two National Parks in Southern Utah: Bryce Canyon and Zion.

On our first morning, we woke up to snow in our campsite right outside of Bryce Canyon National Park. Some participants had never seen snow fall or been camping before. I am so grateful to part of an organization that gives students opportunities to experience the outdoors. (Jacob Caplan)

The unexpected snow made an already magical place a surreal experience.

We took the Navajo Trail and Queen’s Garden trail into the canyon.

Doorways have been constructed through the rocks to allow park visitors to walk into the canyon.

Katelyn Jenkins and Hunter Olivier overlooking the canyon and giggling in the snow.

Juxtaposition of the Douglas Firs against the orange hues intensified the canyon’s colors.

Top row (from left to right): Caillie Roach (’21), Katelyn Jenkins (’19), Jordan Hooey (’21), Hanna Lemaire (’19), Jacob Caplan (’19), Hunter Olivier (’20)
Bottom row: Jayla Brown (’22), Bibi Harburger (’22)

The hour mountain drive from Bryce Canyon to Zion was a beautiful display of snow-capped trees and vibrant fall colors. (Jacob Caplan- top, Hanna Lemaire- bottom)

Red Cliffs Recreation Area, a gem between Leeds and Hurricane, UT, was the perfect location for a short, late afternoon hike. (Jacob Caplan)

We spent our last day in Zion National Park.

Watchman Trail offers stunning views of the cliffs and valley below.

Zion’s rock formations have taken 250 million years to form into the geologic wonders that they are today.

On our last night in a campsite right outside of Zion National Park, we watch the setting sun illuminate the tips of the rocks.


Photos contributed by Redlands Bulldog photographer Caillie Roach.