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Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Guide: 608 reviews and 1,608 photos
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.
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.
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: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
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