"Hoodoo's-NOt Boo Hoo's" Top 5 Page for this destination Bryce Canyon National Park by BruceDunning

Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Guide: 616 reviews and 1,615 photos

Region of Much Adventure

The location of Bryce is in the central part of southern Utah. It is a fascinating park because it has none other to match the rock formations for the unique aspect of the Hoodoo's, but also the color variety. Well, maybe Red Canyon next door is similar-take a look. Also there is the known Cappadocia for another. Hwy 12 is the main road going by Bryce, and it,in itself, has a lot of sites along the way in Escalante region.
The park got its beginning to become a park in 1928. Ebenezer Bryce was grazing cattle in the area in 1875. He had to herd the cattle out of the valley where the Hoodoo's are found. In 1919, Reuben Syrett started a tourists operation and built accommodations for people to stay. By 1923, Warren Harding ws convinced to make the place a national monument.

Overlook Views Througout the Park

The layout of the park is one road off Hwy 12. It goes for 18 miles to the south end from Visitor Center. It follows the rim of the mountain range, so the views are continuing. There are also 50 miles of hiking trails, not that I took more than 9 miles-that was a long day and exhausting for me. There are 11 primary overlooks, and they have a variety of different landscapes and rock colors/formations. The central focus is the amphitheater where the valley floor is filled, so to speak, with Hoo Doo's. The highest point if Ponderosa Point at 8815 feet.

Amphitheater of Hoodoo's

A Hoodoo is a rock formation that comes from the ground floor that is a drainage basin. Over years this soft sedimentary rock is the only thing left standing, because the top layer is harder rock that did not erode as quickly. It, therefore protects the under rock layer. These towering monuments can be from 1- feet to 100 feet tall. The spindly rock towers continue to erode as ice/rain pound away at the soft layers. Indians thought the strange formed rocks were sacred people that were there in real life to worship and revere.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The sites and hiking trails are wonderful
  • Cons:Long way form one end to the other
  • In a nutshell:Most unique rock formations not seen many palces on earth
  • Last visit to Bryce Canyon National Park: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 1, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    Great page! Thanks for the memories, I only wish we weren't on a tour as I would have loved to have done the trails you did. We could only look from above over the canyon and that was it. Bryce I think was my favourite on our tour. You have lots of beautiful photos of some very interesting shapes.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    What a lovely N.P.! Great page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Great looking landscape & rock formations in this park! It's good that they have a free shuttle to reduce automobile traffic. When I was a child I had some ViewMaster slides of Bryce Canyon, so I always wanted to go there. (But I haven't been there yet.)

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Stunning pictures of amazing landscape plus interesting tips make me put Bryce Canyon on my dream list.

  • Jul 14, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    The 4 cabins in your second pic are called the Cowboy homestead cabins and are for rent - we are staying in them this year

  • PinkFloydActuary's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    More good stuff. I loved Bryce Canyon - heck, I really loved all of southern Utah!

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    These are just so amazing to look at that I can't stay on this page any longer without it pulling my heartstrings. I really hope some day I will be able to get a few weeks off to explore Arizona & Utah properly. Well done, Bruce!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    There really is something special about arid areas and this matches the bill. Spectacular 'hoodoos' and marvellous colours, not to mention an obviously well organised Nat. Park system with the shuttle bus and extensive walks.


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