If you are looking for a near-by escape, but are feeling that you don't necessarily want to get out and hike for long - go on a drive up Payson Canyon and the Nebo Scenic Loop. 28 miles up the canyon road is a short (like 500 meters long) paved trail to this beautiful overlook. If you've never been to Bryce Canyon, then this is a close and mini-substitute. We picnicked up there after looking at the view and checked out the bugs and butterflies and chipmunks.
My girls enjoyed climbing on the juniper trees along the walk-way.
We had to hike down from the overlook because it was just too beautiful to stay on the trail; sometimes, you need to be daring.
Lots of these old junipers to climb on and sit in.
THINGS TO KNOW:
- It's a very narrow canyon with many curves, so if you (and/or your children) get car sick, beware!
- There are restrooms at the parking lot
- Drive with your windows down and just marvel at the majestic views
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