After about a three hour drive from home via breakfast at Jacob Lake Inn we made our first stop at the Mossy Cave trailhead, a little side trip before entering the main park.
We were blown away by the towering hoodoos leading us into this canyon as we followed The Tropic Ditch. Because the landscape didn’t offer enough water for farming a 10-mile ditch was hand dug by early Mormon settlers.
Now referred to as Water Canyon the trail climbs 200 feet (61m) to Mossy Cave.
This grotto forms as an underground spring seeps from the rocks.
Another short side trail leads to a waterfall.
I loved this short hike,
looking up at the hoodoos and windows.
Then we went to the Lodge, checked into our room and continued exploring many overlooks at Bryce which I will post soon.