Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in Southwestern Utah, about 90 miles away from Zion National Park. Bryce Canyon is known for its hoodoos, the spire-like rock formations in arid, desert areas formed by erosions. While hoodoos can be found also in other places in the world, nowhere else you could find a large concentration of them like in Bryce Canyon.

I arrived late at night on my first visit to Bryce Canyon, and we went straight to our hotel that was located just outside the park. We went to the Bryce Amphitheater — the main area where the hoodoos are found in Bryce Canyon — very early in the following morning, hoping to catch the sunrise and see the sun light illuminating the amphitheater area in the morning. We were not disappointed; it was quite a sight seeing the sun rises in the distance, then slowly seeing the hoodoos in the Bryce Amphitheater being lighted from just silhouettes to bright red color of the sandstone. During the daytime, you can see the area quite clearly from various overlooks in the park. The air quality around Bryce Canyon is among the best that you can see as far as 160 miles away from there.

The photo below was taken from an overlook near the Bryce Amphitheater during my second visit to the park. It was early spring time. That morning it was a bit cloudy so we didn’t get to see the same dramatic illumination of the hoodoos, but the sun light was still soft in the morning that you can see the details of the hoodoos at the Bryce Amphitheater. In the background, you see some vegetations that looked like bushes. Those are actually tall pine trees — to give you an idea of the scale.

Bryce Amphitheater

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