Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, US Tourist Attractions and Travel

Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. Contained within the park is Bryce Canyon. Despite its name, this is not actually a canyon, but rather a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to its geological structures, called hoodoos, formed from wind, water, and ice erosion of the river and lakebed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views to visitors.

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Bryce Canyon National Park is at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2400 to 2700 m), whereas the south rim of the Grand Canyon sits at 7,000 feet (2100 m) above sea level. The area therefore has a very different ecology and climate, and thus offers a contrast for visitors to the region (who often visit all three parks in a single vacation).

 

The canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1875. The area around Bryce Canyon National Park became a U.S. National Monument in 1924 and was designated as a national park in 1928. The park covers 56 mi² (145 km²). The park receives relatively few visitors compared to Zion Canyon and the Grand Canyon, largely due to its remote location. The town of Kanab, Utah is situated at a central point between these three parks.Estonia

 

Bryce Canyon National Park attractions

 

Bryce Canyon National Park tourism 

Bryce Canyon National Park

 

Bryce Canyon National Park attractions 

Petroglyphs in Bryce Canyon indicate the presence of people in the area several thousand years ago, but little is known about them

 

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, US 

Erosion of sedimentary rocks has created natural arches

 

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Hoodoos can form strange shapes due to random fluctuations in erosion patterns and variations between the rock strata

 

Bryce Canyon National Park attractions 

Horse riding is available in the park from April through October

 

The Wall Street section of the Navajo Loop trail 

Unique formations like this natural window can be found at nearly every turn inside the canyon

 

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The rocks that comprise these hoodoos formed from sediment in streams and lakes that existed from about 63 to 40 million years ago

 

Bryce Canyon National Park travel 

Thor's Hammer formation



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