The winds at Bryce Canyon by the time we got there were 20 gusting to 35 knots and a 10+ knot crosswind. For me that is a little scary. Fortunately it is a very long runway so I came in fast with ten degrees of flaps and just waited it out above the runway, taking my time to kick out the crab. It was fine.
Zion is still my favorite park in the area, but Bryce is a great place to spend a little time and take in the amazing colors. We did the popular (but popular for a reason) rim trail, Navajo trail and Queen’s Throne trails. This was mid-summer so the place was packed.
Logistically the easiest thing to do if you are not exploring too widely, is to stay at Ruby’s Inn. They will pick you up at the airport and the NPS official tour bus has a stop right outside Ruby’s. I was wondering how Ruby’s came to have a seemingly preferred status but then read they had a lodge at the Bryce overlook before it was a park and were kicked out when it became a national park. So it seems they deserve the status.
We made sure we hiked early the second day, then took off for the short flight to Escalante. My goal was to avoid the anxiety of the prior flight and be on the ground by 12:00 noon. We did and it was still pretty bumpy, but we missed the big forecasted winds that came up later, so that was great.