I Missed Earth Hour; or, How to Experience an Eco-Friendly Visit to Bryce Canyon

Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By julietrevelyan on March 30, 2010 at 5:01 am

Earth Hour was last Saturday. (Did you turn off your lights between 8:30-9:30 local time?) No matter whether or not you noted it–if you travel to Bryce Canyon anytime soon, you can celebrate your own version of Earth Hour by joining in green travel, eco travel, or simply camping out under nature’s nightlights (the stars and moon). Try some of the following activities while there and practice your own version of lights out.

photo courtesy of tammyjq41

Navajo Loop: A short hike that is super popular, you will breathe in all that fresh air, travel under bipedal power (your own legs!), and spy nary a cell phone, iPod, or other non-green item on the way.

Canyon Trail Rides: Not convinced about bipedal travel? Go the quadrupedal route and ride a horse! These trips take you down the Peekaboo Trail in a delightfully old-fashioned manner.

Sunset Campground: Light your fire in the evening and enjoy dinner without lanterns. (Ok, yes, RVs are allowed at this campground. But even if you’re using one of them, you can dedicate a few evening hours to sitting outside, sans artificial lighting. Right?)

photo courtesy of simonov

Under-the-Rim Trail: Really shuck it all for this several-day backpack. Forget using your headlamps at night for at least an hour; instead, gaze up at the stars far above while out in the backcountry.

photo courtesy of Rob Lee

Take the shuttle. Bryce Canyon, like many other national parks, operates a clean fuel-burning shuttle system during the peak visitation months of May through September. Revel in rightfully virtuous feelings as you lock your parked car just outside the Park and climb aboard. The shuttle makes 14 stops throughout Bryce Canyon, so you’re assured of having plenty to see while limiting your contribution to ozone destruction.