Bryce Canyon National Park

As I promised from my last blog about Zion, this blog post is about Bryce Canyon.

My husband and I visited Bryce Canyon National Park this past summer for a day. It is located in southeastern Utah about 50 miles from Zion National Park (that I discussed in a previous blog). The park offers a free guided bus tour twice a day.  If you only have a short time to visit I would recommend the bus tour because of the guided information and you can get off the bus at 13 stops around the park. You need to make a reservation but it can be done the same day. We learned about it by listening to the park radio as we drove toward the park.

Spires of Bryce Canyon
Spires of Bryce Canyon

 

The Park covers about 35,835 acres and sits at a higher elevation than Zion National Park. (Wikipedia)

Not a Canyon at all
Not a Canyon at all

 

Technically Bryce Canyon is not a canyon at all. Instead it was formed by erosion. The pinnacles that were left after the erosion of the rock are called hoodoos. We had an entertaining afternoon because the bus driver challenged us to find familiar shapes and faces in the rock. The hoodoos in the picture below look like statues in a European Cathedral or carved chess pieces.

Hoodoos
Hoodoos

 

Look carefully at the following hoodoo. Whose face do you see??

Face in the Hoodoo
Face in the Hoodoo

 

We learned that the air was hazy due to fires in faraway California and Oregon.  Normally the air in the park is so clear that visitors can see 90 miles away. Not on the day we visited.

Some of my photos show the haze that limited visibility at the Canyon but in the following photo, the blue skies show through the haze.

Bryce Canyon Vista
Bryce Canyon Vista

 

A few final photos taken at Bryce Canyon:

Contrasting Colors
Contrasting Colors
Castles on the Rim
Castles on the Rim
Sandstone Sculptures
Sandstone Sculptures

 

These photos were all taken with an iPhone 5s. Although I am amazed at the ability of the iPhone to capture the scene, I don’t believe these  pictures do justice to the magnificence of the Park.  I hope to return to hike the rim and the trails and photograph the scene with clear skies.

Next I will be covering beautiful Colorado in the fall.

 

2 Replies to “Bryce Canyon National Park”

  1. Once you mentioned to look for faces (and chess pieces) I saw them everywhere – pretty neat. Again the stratification is very interesting it may be that this park takes one back further in time.

    Bob

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