Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon, Utah

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Although young in geological terms compared to some of its famous neighbors, Bryce Canyon is one of the most remarkable examples of nature in the world. It is one of the main reasons why this section of southern Utah is called “Color Country.” This land is filled with unusually shaped pinnacles, spires, arches and other rock formations that come in a staggering array of colors, including pink, red and rust. Patches of green (which are actually the tops of trees in the canyon) also dot the landscape. The shapes are a result of erosion; the colors come from a combination of mineral deposits in the stone and the play of sunlight. Despite its name, according to geologists the park is not a canyon at all. It is, rather, a series of amphitheaters in the shape of a horseshoe.
Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

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Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

by Larry H. Ludmer (Hunter Publishing)

Although young in geological terms compared to some of its famous neighbors, Bryce Canyon is one of the most remarkable examples of nature in the world. It is one of the main reasons why this section of southern Utah is called “Color Country.”

This land is filled with unusually shaped pinnacles, spires, arches and other rock formations that come in a staggering array of colors, including pink, red and rust. Patches of green (which are actually the tops of trees in the canyon) also dot the landscape. The shapes are a result of erosion; the colors come from a combination of mineral deposits in the stone and the play of sunlight. Despite its name, according to geologists the park is not a canyon at all. It is, rather, a series of amphitheaters in the shape of a horseshoe.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Bryce Canyon
Season: Year-round, best May 1 through the end of October
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Bryce Canyon National Park

Recent Trail Reviews

9/16/2007
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Totally fantastic. Having seen 5 National parks this holiday, this came second behind the G Canyon! We drove the scenic tour and got out for a walk down one of the tracks at sunset point. The rock formations along the way are great. Don't miss the arch about midway, it is beautiful. There is a bus shuttle avialable, but it only covers the top half of the scenic drive. We did not use it, but wished we had parked at the end of the shuttle route, walked back along the rim and caught the bus back to the car and done the rest of the drive in the car, it saves retracing your steps. It is a scenic drive i would like to do again without my 2.5 year old son and explore the hiking trails a bit more.


4/23/2004
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