United States Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park

A majestic landscape in Utah renowned for its unique hoodoos, natural amphitheaters, and vibrant red rock formations.

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Smaller and more remote than either Arches or Zion is Bryce Canyon National Park is technically not quite a canyon. More aptly, this national park is a hoodoo heaven, home to more hoodoos than anywhere else on Earth. These thin, almost impossible-looking red rock spires jut out from the ground like a “fairy chimney,” one of the colloquial names for rocks that can reach up to 200 feet high. These pinnacles make up the majority of Bryce Canyon National Park. While at Bryce, keep an eye out for Utah’s Paunsaugunt Plateau, a collection of hoodoos that look almost like castles formed from millions of years of wind, frost, and streams.  Bryce Canyon offers a solid variety of hiking trails (and winter skiing!), so you can watch the sun rise from behind pink cliffs or set into orange valleys before you take advantage of backcountry campgrounds and dark skies. Road trippers can access the highest point in the park at Rainbow Point, the end of an 18-mile drive that brings you 9,105 feet above sea level and to an overlook of Bryce Canyon’s portion of The Grand Staircase.

savannah.whitmer 3 years ago

You can only imagine how the first Mormon pioneers would have felt when they roamed westwards to discover the eye-watering Bryce Canyon back in the 1850s. Probably not unlike how the first visitors to this awesome Utah park feel these days, the moment they lay eyes on that sea of vanilla and vermillion rock, stacked in jagged hoodoos for as far as the eye can see. Rugged doesn’t quite do it justice. Let’s just say you forget the rappel and harness and boots at your peril here.

jrfrancis 3 years ago

Don’t tell your parents, but you’re gonna need to sneak out after dark for the ranger-led Full Moon Hike at Bryce Canyon National Park. No flashlights allowed! This hike is all about utilizing the bring moonlight to guide the way. But if you’re not totally sold on that, there’s a ranger with you too. Wear proper hiking boots for this one and due to popularity, spots for this hike are done in a lottery style at the visitor center.

laurenallain 3 years ago

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