In you trip through the interior of the west coast of the United States, apart from the best-known national parks, such as Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Monument ValleyThere are others who also deserve the visit by showing peculiar landscapes.
Without a doubt, one of them is Bryce Canyonwhich you find south of Utah and north of the Grand Canyon and the Kanab enclave. where you can see spectacular and very original landscapes.
Actually it is not a canyon formed by a river, but a great place of about 30 kilometers in which some curious and spectacular rock structures known as hoodoos.
Landscape from a viewpoint of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
All information in detail
- What are hoodoos?
- What to see in Bryce Canyon
- Bryce Amphitheater
- ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP
- Thorn Hammer in Bryce Canyon
- Bryce Canyon tickets and prices
- How to get to Bryce Canyon
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What are hoodoos?
The hoodoos they are clusters of elongated rock pinnacles, with a great combination of colors, red, ocher and white, which can reach a height of up to 60 meters.
They are the result of millions of years of water erosion, and you will find them in large amphitheaters that extend along the tourist road that runs through the park, being able to see them from up to 14 viewpoints.
What to see in Bryce Canyon
The Bryce Canyon visit you will occupy the time you really want, because very close to the entrance you will find some of the most interesting points of it, such as the viewpoints Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce.
Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
But if you are going to have time, for example, half a day, what is recommended is to go directly to the southernmost area of the park, located 20 kilometers from the Visitors Center.
Before it may be worth watching the movie about the park that is projected every half an hour in that center.
In that area you can enjoy the views from the viewpoints Rainbow point and Yovimpa Point.
From here you can return to the entrance again stopping at the other eleven viewpoints that the park has.
In this Bryce Canyon tour you will find yourself next to the road a spectacular rocky bridge called Natural bridge.
Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
The point of Bryce Canyon where they concentrate more hoodoos it is in the so-called Bryce Amphitheater, which is located at the entrance of the park and is the most visited area of the park.
The best panoramic views of the Bryce Antitheater you can enjoy them from the viewpoint Sunset point.
And the best time to do it is during the dawn, because by the disposition of the famous hoodoos, it is at that time of day when you get a greater color and a greater beauty of these rocky pinnacles that have given fame to theBryce Canyon.
It is also in this area where in 1870 he settled Ebenezer Bryce, the Mormon who discovered This place and whose last name has been used to name this national park.
Since the whole area of Bryce Canyon it is located between 2,000 and 2,775 meters high, in the Bryce Amphitheater there is a depth of up to 240 meters.
Thorn Hammer, the great hoodoo of Bryce Canyon National Park
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Thorn Hammer in Bryce Canyon
From the aforementioned viewpoint you can also see another of the most prominent corners of Bryce Canyon; it is known asThorn hammer (thor's hammer).
This impressive pinnacle is one of the most photographed by park visitors.
In addition, this is facilitated because in this area of the parkBryce Canyon it's possible to do trekking by routes that go down to the base of the pinnacles.
The trail known as Navajo Loop is that it will take you near the aforementionedThorn Hammer, a clear example of the color scheme that characterizes the hoodoos.
The intense red color is marked by the existence of iron oxide, and the evolution towards orange, yellow and, finally, white tones, is conditioned by the change in mineralization.
Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
From here you can return again to the entrance stopping at some of the other eleven viewpoints that the park has.
In this Bryce Canyon tour you will see along the road a spectacular rocky bridge, called Natural bridge.
Bryce Canyon tickets and prices
The Visiting Hours of Bryce Canyon National Park they are, from May to September, from 8 am to 8 pm; in April and October it closes at 6 pm; and from November to March, at 4:30 p.m.
He Bryce Canyon park entrance fee It is $ 35 for a vehicle with all its occupants.Book hotel for your trip on Booking.com
As I have not yet had the opportunity to visit the undoubtedly spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park, I recommend reading the experiences of two travelers who have visited it, Tung and Pepa, whose travel diaries have published in losviajeros.com.
Distances to Bryce Canyon National Park
from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park, 404 kilometers, 4 and a half hours.
from Salt Lake City to Bryce Canyon National Park, 435 kilometers, 4 hours and three quarters.
from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park, 138 kilometers, 2 hours.
from the Grand Canyon to Bryce Canyon National Park, 457 kilometers, 5 hours and a half.
from the Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park, 443 kilometers, 6 and a quarter hours.
How to get to Bryce Canyon
For get to Bryce Canyon you have to access by route 12/63, the aforementioned highway that crosses the national park from east to west, and taking a southbound road, you will reach the entrance of the same and Visitors Center.