Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, is one of the most bizarre rock formations around. This valley, full of wind-eroded red spires known as “hoodoos,” is justifiably world renowned and was protected as a National Park in 1928.
Visitor Rating (write your own review below)
|Scenery||Strange, brilliant-red spires filling and entire valley|
|Uniqueness||There’s nothing like these formations anywhere|
|Wildlife||Weren’t there long enough to see much|
|Diversity||Some diverse trails, but mostly just canyon|
ILNP Park Review
In a Word “Enchanting”
“O Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?” -Deuteronomy 3:24
Our Visit We visited Bryce Canyon in June while driving back home from Zion National Park. While the scenery is no less spectacular than Zion, it’s a much smaller place, so we planned a few-hour stop.
Our Weather The day was bright and warm with only high, wispy clouds.
Overall Impression The first glimpse into the valley full of red “hoodoos” was nothing short of breathtaking! There just isn’t anything like this anywhere else in the world. The strange landscape is something between prehistoric and science fiction, and is difficult to describe in words. You simply have to see it to believe its unique beauty. The only reason Bryce Canyon did not get a “4-star” rating is that it doesn’t offer a lot of diversity like Yellowstone, Zion or other large parks, but the views at Bryce surpass all other Parks in the sense of wonder they instill.
Favorite Spot Looking out from Sunset Point
Minimum Time Required About 90 minutes. There is one road into Bryce with several stops along the way to see the canyon. You’ll only have to hike the last 100 yards or so to peer over the rim. One hour will allow you sufficient time to see the canyon from a couple of vantage points. We chose Sunset Point and Bryce Point and were not disappointed.
A Longer Visit If we’d had more time, we would have hiked down into the “hoodoos” on one of the trails. There were also a couple of interesting looking stops further down the road than we were able to go in our short time.
Suggestions A half day at Bryce is probably sufficient. If you want good pictures, go in the morning to get the best sun angle on the canyon. Also, enjoy the drive into and out of the park–there are some pretty cool rock formations there too.
Nearby Towns Panguich, Cedar City (Utah)
Other Nearby Attractions Zion National Park
Official NPS Website Bryce Canyon NP
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