Admin wrote:A big factor in the lack of wilderness experience in Bryce, too, is the parks tiny footprint. This is no Canyonlands.
There's that, too, of course. Although, like almost all NPs, it's bigger than it appears, but they all seem to follow the 80/20 rule - 20% of the acreage sees 80% of the visitation. Sometimes I think in Yosemite and Canyonlands it's closer to 90/10.
Admin wrote:And those trails may have been laid out in the 30s but they are still being maintained the same way. I saw the trail crew working with the mini bulldozer myself.
Thanks in no part to the incredible traffic they receive. I've encountered the mini-Bobcats many times in Zion and Yosemite as well. Then there was the trail crew rebuilding the 98 switchbacks at 12600' on the Mt. Whitney trail, rock by painstaking rock.