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Tuzigoot Ruins (National Monument)

Part 6 of our Bryce Canyon Road Trip (View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

Tuzigoot (Apache for “crooked water”) National Monument is a 2 story pueblo built by the Sinagua people around 1125 AD and occupied until about 1400 AD. Artifacts & info on how these agricultural people lived are contained in the small museum next to the ruins.

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Sunset Over Horseshoe Bend

Part 5 of our Bryce Canyon Road Trip (View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 6)

One of our overnights on our way back home from our roadtrip was again, Page, AZ. We took this opportunity to visit Horseshoe Bend for the second time (first visit to Horseshoe Bend), although this was the first time we got to see it while the sun was setting.

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Navajo Loop & Queen’s Garden in Bryce Canyon National Park

Part 4 of our Bryce Canyon Road Trip (View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5, Part 6)

There are a couple places in the Southwest that we’ve visited that have made us say “Holy moly, is this place for real?” Like Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon, the Chiricahuas, Monument Valley, Sedona, Zion… now we can add Bryce Canyon National Park to that list!

Arch Tunnel, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, UT
Scenic byway to get into the park.

For our time spent in this surreal park, we chose to hike 2 trails, the Navajo Loop & Queen’s Garden. These 2 trails, from what we read, are considered the best way to see Bryce Canyon as it takes you up close to the national park’s significant view points. We ended up missing the trailhead because we ventured onto the Rim Trail and hiked a mile into it before realizing what we were doing and had to back track… so we had a warm up hike before our real hike. Here are views from our warm up hike:
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Silver Reef Ghost Town

Part 3 of our Bryce Canyon Road Trip (View Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)

William Tecumseh Barbee was one of the earliest people to prospect for silver in southwest Utah and made one of the most significant discoveries. His initial claims in Silver Reef were staked in 1875, and with a large rush of prospectors and miners brought in, the mine and mill were in full operation by 1878.

At its height, Silver Reef had a population of 2,000. There were hotels, 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurants, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 news papers, a china town and 3 cemeteries.

As the price of silver dropped, mines gradually began to close. By 1884, most were closed and by 1901, most buildings had been demolished. The old Wells Fargo bank still stands today and now houses a small museum & gift shop of the once bustling mining town.

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