Bryce Canyon National Park – A Road Trip Worth Taking

posted in: All Posts, Field Trips | 0

For my second trip to the Tucson, AZ rock and gem show I chose to drive, it was a trip I took alone and what a memorable experience it was.
One reason for my decision was that I could take in the absolutely stunning and beautifully diverse earth-scape along the way. Certainly the most awesome and bizarre geological formation was in Utah. Bryce Canyon.
My words and these professional photographs really cannot do it justice. You have to see it to believe it.
You can hike for hours, even get lost in that vast, Mars-esque landscape. Massive Hoodoos everywhere, giant columns of rock, silent sentinels, simply the leftovers of erosion, they are jaw dropping.

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos Close UP

Bryce Canyon National Park, is a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, and is known for crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. For the best views attend at sunup or sundown.

How the Bryce Canyon was formed?

Formed in sedimentary rock, hoodoo shapes are affected by the erosional patterns of alternating hard and softer rock layers. The name given to the rock layer that forms hoodoos at Bryce Canyon is the Claron Formation. This layer has several rock types including siltstones and mudstones but is predominantly limestone.

Why is Bryce Canyon not really a canyon?

Despite its name, this is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Named after the Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, the area became a national park in 1928. Bryce is famous for its other worldly unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah.

In conclusion, do something different!  So many people have told me that they’ve always wanted to visit this park – Just do it! You won’t ever forget it.

Bryce Canyon Links

Bryce Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Bryce Canyon – Wikipedia