Mossy Cave Trail

We drove north from Page to hit Bryce Canyon and Zion up in Utah.  We were quite surprised to run into snow!  I suppose it was May and that wasn’t out of the realm of possibility but we weren’t prepared from a clothing perspective.  But we layered up and made the best of it.  As we drove into Bryce Canyon National Park, we pulled off to take some pictures of the hoodoos (BCNP’s rather unique rock feature).  We happened to stop at the trail head for the Mossy Cave Trail and decided to give it a whirl.  It is rather short – under a mile out and back – and has lot of interesting features.

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The trail follows generally uphill and passes by a river, a waterfall, and ultimately arrives at the mossy cave.  Definitely a quick hike and well worth your while if you’re in the area.  The cave itself was pretty cool.  It’s name comes from the moss (shocker) that grows as a result of a ton of water flowing down through the rock above.  It was literally dripping down, allowing for all of the plant life.

img_2415The trail ended at a fence and a sign describing the cave so we couldn’t go any further.  It wasn’t a cave that you could walk into – much more an overhang.  The “cave” is described as a grotto on the sign.  You can visit the trail description on the National Parks website if you’d like more information.  All in all, it was a nice quick hike that we quite enjoyed.  Not tough at all so perfect for the little ones!

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