Bryce Canyon National Park is a scenic wonder with few comparisons. While Zion National Park is hiking mecca, Bryce Canyon is more of a spectacular spectacle. The red toned sandstone hoodoos light up bowls of soldiers as they stand at perfect attention. The twisted rock has eroded away a good amount of its surface by a process called erosion. It is this erosion that makes the rocks so beautiful. Individually the sericulture are called hoodoos. Bryce Canyon has several amphitheaters full of hoodoos of all shapes and sizes, but they all have one important factor in common. They are made up of Navajo Sandstone, and this rock breaks easily. The elements of nature carve away at the delicate structures giving each a slightly individual appearance.
Trees breaks up the colorful formation, adding contrast which is overall an exceptionally stimulating image. When visiting Bryce Canyon you can stroll along the Rim Trail and take in the incredible beauty, or you can dive into the desertscape’s of the trails. The scenic drive in Bryce Canyon is a must do adventure. Be sure to stop at all the scenic pullouts and take in the views. Natural Bridge offers one of the more unique views of Bryce Canyon.
There are other places where hoodoos can be seen that are similar to those in Bryce Canyon such as Cedar Breaks National Monument on SR-14, and along SR-14 itself, and there is a nice pocket of them along US-89 by the KOA campground. Bryce Canyon however can boast of having the largest collection of these types of hoodoos anywhere in the world.
The East side of Zion National Park brings you close to not only Zion National Park, but also Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Cedar Breaks, Grand Staircase-Escalante and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
There are a variety of lodging accommodations in the East Zion area including cabins, ranches, a Best Western, small family owned hotels, RV parks, campgrounds and vacation homes. Make your lodging reservations in the heart of southern Utah’s most magnificent National Parks and Monuments, and you will have a vacation you will never forget
Hoodoos along a hike in
Bryce Canyon National Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park is a short drive from
the east side of Zion National Park
HIking in Bryce Canyon
Mosey Cave Trail
The Mosey Cave Trail is a great family hike that many miss out on because it begins just outside of the park. The trail follows a stream and then forks, one path leading to a desert waterfall and another to an alcove or cave. To find the trailhead, drive past the entrance to Bryce, looking for cars and a pull-out on the right. The trailhead sign is small and hard to see from the highway.
Walking along the rim at Bryce Canyon is a great way to see the hoodoos and fins in the amphitheater. This path is called the Rim Trail. Bryce has some enjoyable trails, but the real beauty of this park is seen by walking along the rim.
Queens Garden Trail
Combine Queens Garden with with the Navajo Loop Trail to make it more exciting. Begin at Sunrise Point and exit via the Navajo Loop.
Combine the Navajo Loop Trail with Peekaboo for a round-trip that is almost 3 miles. The trail begins at Sunset Point.
Hat Shop Trail
The Hat Shop Trail is a unique Bryce Canyon Trail since the hoodoos at the end are unlike those found throughout most of the rest of the park. The hike is about a 4 mile round-trip.
Tower Bridge Hike
The Tower Bridge Trail is a 3 mile round-trip. Begin north of Sunrise Point.
Fairy Loop Hike
The Fairy Loop Trail is about an 8 mile round-trip that begins north of Sunrise Point.
The Under the Rim Trail is a 23 mile round trip backpack. Some can do this in one day, but it is not suggested.
Note: The trails in Bryce Canyon tend to be strenuous because they begin at the rim and venture down into the amphitheater. This leaves the uphill return for the strenuous section of the hike.
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