Bryce Canyon National Park
Trip Start May 27, 2009
390Trip End Sep 19, 2013
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The geologic term, hoodoo, lives on at Bryce Canyon NP as perpetuated by early geologists who thought the rock formations could cast a spell on you with their magical spires and towering arches.
Technically, Bryce is not a canyon because canyons are primarily carved by flowing water – a stream or river. Naturally acidic rainwater dissolves limestone, making the rounded edges of hoodoos, but the freezing and thawing of water does most of the sculpting at Bryce Canyon. Fiery colors at Bryce are the results of oxidized minerals – red, pink, and orange from iron; purple from manganese
Bryce NP was established to preserve and protect outstanding scenic and scientific values.
There are 14 viewpoints along the 18-mile (one-way) scenic drive. Erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestones, sandstones, and mudstones into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles, and mazes. Collectively called "hoodoos," these colorful and whimsical formations stand in horseshoe-shaped amphitheatres along the eastern edge of Paunsaugunt Plateau. Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce points encircle Bryce Amphitheatre, the biggest natural amphitheatre in the Park. The shuttle bus only stops at these viewpoints. You must drive your own vehicle into the park to see the other viewpoints.