Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern region of Utah. It’s major feature is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name is not a canyon — but rather a collection of giant natural amphitheaters. For millions of years water and wind have frozen and thawed, carving into the plateau endlessly creating the parks distinctive red rock pillars and into the parks collection of natural amphitheaters.
Visitors can explore Bryce Canyon’s floor on foot or stick to the overlooks by car. Every year, Bryce Canyon National Park awes visitors with spectacular geological formations and brilliant colors. The towering hoodoos, narrow fins, and natural bridges seem to deny all reason or explanation, leaving hikers gazing in amazement. This surreal landscape is what brings people from all around the world to visit Bryce Canyon.
BRYCE CANYON’S HOODOOS
Hoodoos are Bryce Canyon’s trademark rock spires. Millions of years of erosion and weathering have carved the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes and seemingly impossibly stacked structures. These totem-pole-like hoodoos are more abundant here than anywhere else in the world.
There are many hoodoos that can be enjoyed in Bryce Canyon, but Thor’s Hammer is one of the most impressive. It’s so easily accessible and stands out from the rest of the landscape. Thor’s Hammer owes its hammer like shape to a variety of rock densities — the hammer section on top is harder and more resistant to erosion than the softer handle section below. Eventually, the handle will crumble and the hammerhead will come crashing to the ground so make sure to pay it a visit before it’s gone!
Starring down into Bryce Canyon National Park from the edge of the canyon is unbelievable. But the best way to experience the mysterious Hoodoos is by hiking down into the canyon and staring up at them from the bottom floor. Only it’s not the Wall Street you would expect to see in New York, but instead it’s a series of massive hoodoos joined together to create huge walls, or canyons. Stocks might not be falling here, but your occasional rock might… so be aware.
Formed over millions of years by wind, water, and chemical erosion. This 85 foot rusty-orange arch formation, one of several rock arches in the park, is an essential photo-op! It poses a stark contrast to the dark green of the Ponderosa forest that peeks through the arch from the canyon below.
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