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Bryce Canyon – so simple the name of this gorgeous National Park might sound – so thrilling, exciting, mysterious, soout of this world the scenery presents itself to the visitor.
Scientists can explain all what has happened here, from the gorgeous colours (from a chemical point of view) to the carvings and foldigs and erosions (from the geologic point of view) and to the vast flora and fauna (from the biologist’s point of view) – but all in all Bryce Canyon is a part of this globe, where the best artist of the galaxy – Mother Earth – has created a showcase of all her forces.
Bryce Canyon had been established US National Park in 1928 and covers an area of around 36.000 acres. It is located between Moab and Arches National Park (270 miles west of Moab) and Zion National Park (80 miles east of Zion). It stretches out in a north-south axis, around 20 miles long and between 2 and 6 miles wide, in the western part of Colorado Plateau.
A scenic road leads from the park entrance along this axis down to Yovimpa Point, with countlesss view points along the road. In addition, there are more than 50 miles hiking paths within Bryce Canyon, some are easy 2-3 hours round treks, some are longer hikes along the rim or deeper into the eastern part of the park. Also, horseback rides are offered, both for the shorter and the longer trails.
A lot of names around Bryce Canyon are originated from ancient settlers and native americans Paiute. For example, the plateau, from which Bryce Canyon is stretching out eastward, is called Pansaugunt Plateau – means home of the beavers. The most southern viewpoint, Yovimpa Point – means pine point. And finally the canyon itself was called unka-timpe-wa-wince-pock-ich - which means bowl-shaped-canyon-filled-with-red-
Ebenezer Bryce and his wife Mary, who have settled here at the end of 19th century, have called it with the less poetical – but practical – term “a hell of a place to loose a cow”.
- Pros:Oh so beautiful, so colourful, get off that car and walk to see the best :-)
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