Today’s destination is the Bryce Canyon and to get there Marco suggests to drive Cottonwood Canyon Road, which is a 48 miles (77 km) long gravel road.
To check if the road is passable we stop at the Bureau of Land Management in Big Water, were we get a map with all the dirt and gravel roads and the O.K. for the Cottonwood Road with a high clearance, 4-wheel drive.
It is a wonderful drive with lots of different rock formations and colors, we stop frequently to take the beauty of the landscape in.
From Cannonville, where we hit the paved road again, we already see the orange red pinnacles of Bryce Canyon. From here we start going up into higher elevations. Bryce Canyon is up at 9,000 feet (2,740 Meter) – it is terribly cold and windy up here and we have to wear our thickest jackets as well as gloves and caps to keep us warm. But, it is sunny and the view is incredible once again.
Towards the evening when we drive back through the park we see some deers grazing close to the road and on the way to Panguitch we see dozens of Antelopes.
In Panguitch we stay at the New Western Inn and have dinner at the only open restaurant in town – the Flying M.