"Hike Bryce!!" Utah Things to Do Tip by WFTR
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Bryce Canyon National Park is about colors and shapes. The main feature of the park is a canyon that forms a large semi-circular basin. The rock into which this canyon has been carved is mostly a bright red and orange, but there are white and off-white strata as well. The water has curved fantastic shapes into towering pinnacles that the park calls 'hoodoos.' The floor of the basin has enough soil to grow trees, mostly evergreens. The result is a beautiful combination of red and orange, white, and green. Beyond the basin area, one can see the southern Utah desert and hills in the far background.
Bryce Canyon has a good number of trails for those who are not strong enough to do serious climbing. A few short trails lead into the main basin where one can walk along a bright reddish-orange floor surrounded by rock walls of the same color and see a blue sky far overhead. The round trip allows anyone to have the 'Bryce experience' and still return to a parking lot within an hour. Other trails lead across the canyon to more of the same scenery. The quality of the experience is the same, but for those of us who cannot get enough of it, the extra length allows us to experience it for longer times. Those who want a serious camping experience can find enough trail to warrant overnight hiking as well.
Directions: Bryce Canyon N.P. is on Hwy 12 off Hwy 89 in southwestern Utah. Any good map will show the canyon, and several good roads lead from I-15 to Hwy 89.
othercontact: The National Park Service websit
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