Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mossy Cave Trail – Bryce Canyon National Park ~ Part 3 – We Arrived at Mossy Cave

Here we are! We arrived at Mossy Cave! Yes, ukuleles are allowed on the trail. Haha! That's one of our sons there with a ukulele.  This photo shows us arriving at Mossy Cave.

There was a helpful informational sign that told us about Mossy Cave.

Here's a closer look at the writing on the sign.

To make it easier to read, I've transcribed the information on the sign.
"This grotto forms as an underground spring permeates the bedrock and water slowly dissolves the calcite that bonds the silts and muds of the Claron Formation. During the short spring and summer season, in this otherwise arid landscape, a cool, moist environment becomes a perfect place for mosses to grow. By late fall, icicles begin to form as water continues to seep through the rock. Sheltered from the sun, even as the days are growing warmer and longer, these icicles sometimes last until June!"
It's interesting that icicles can sometimes last until June. We visited Mossy Cave in June, but as you can see from my photos, there were no icicles when we visited. I guess they didn't last until June in 2013.

Instead of icicles, there was moss on the walls of the cave.

See the trees growing on top of the cave?

Our adventures along Mossy Cave Trail were not done once we arrived at Mossy Cave. I'll be sharing more photos from our trip to Mossy Cave Trail in a future post.

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  1. Hmm, I think my boys would enjoy taking a ukelele along on hikes. I'll have to look into that. Mossy Cave looks like an interesting place to explore. It would have been so cool to see it with icicles, but the moss is nice, too.

    1. Hi Michele,

      I agree. Seeing Mossy Cave with icicles would be really cool. But, as you said, the moss was nice too. Getting to Mossy Cave was so full of beautiful scenery. I'm really glad we stopped and went on this hike. Thanks for stopping by!





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