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Bryce Canyon NP, Utah

Bryce Canyon is located in south western Utah.  It is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet elevation.

There are some very nice hikes in the area, but you have to remember:  they all start at the top so when you get down you have to climb all the way back.  And it can get steep, and hot, but the views are worth the effort.  Here is a photo collage I made of our visit.

Bryce Canyon

May 9, 2014 2 comments

Bryce Canyon is unique in that visitors view the canyon from the top down, instead of from the bottom up. This provides a unique viewpoint of the distinctive geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.

We drove over with some of our friends of the Pikes Peak Rollers, our Colorado RV travel group. We were going to stop over at Cedar Breaks, but recent snowfall closed the road. But we still got to see some snow over the pass!

Romola and I also hiked down into the canyon (Navajo Trail). It’s spectacular, looking up at the hoodoos instead of just down! Makes the tough hike back up worth it.

Rock formation at Red Canyon, on the way to Bryce

Rock formation at Red Canyon, on the way to Bryce

Wayne Pedersen with Romola at the summit

Wayne Pedersen with Romola at the summit

Yep, that's snow!

Yep, that’s snow!

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Steep trail back up

Steep trail back up

Twin bridges

Twin bridges

Hiking down the canyon

Hiking down the canyon