Bryce Canyon


Bryce Canyon National Park


For this installment of The National Park Scene, we take you to the top of the Grand Staircase in Utah, to the spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park! This is a geologist’s real-life utopia, a nature-lover’s paradise, and a photographer’s dream!

The park has some of the nation’s most fascinationg scenic overlooks including Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point. For hikers there are some fantastic trails such as Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Fairyland Loop, Mossy Cave Trail, Queens Garden Trail.  
Other points of interest are Bryce Amphitheater, Rainbow Point, Natural Bridge, Thor’s Hammer, Yovimpa Point, Wall Street, and the list goes on and on!


The Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase is a series of sedimentary rock layers that stretches from the Grand Canyon to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Brilliant colors help identify each of the original five steps, beginning with the chocolate and vermillion cliffs and proceeding through the white and grey cliffs before reaching Bryce Canyon’s pink cliffs.


A Geological Wonderland

The Grand Staircase was first conceptualized by geologist Clarence Dutton as an enormous stairway ascending from the bottom of the Grand Canyon northward to Bryce Canyon National Park. The Grand Staircase preserves more Earth history than any other place on the planet, with over 600 million years of sedimentary rock layers and preserved fossils.


Hoodoos Galore

The irregular rock columns found in Bryce Canyon are called Hoodoos. This spectacular national park has the largest concentration of hoodoos found anywhere on Earth!


The Bryce Amphitheater


Thor’s Hammer

Thor’s Hammer is one of the the best-known hoodoos in the world. It was formed over millions of years as soft rock layers weathering and eroding, leaving behind the harder rock.




Wall Street 

Walls Street is Bryce Canyon National Park’s only slot canyon, with impressive rock formations, gigantic Douglas fir trees, and massive rock walls that will make you feel small.

Hours and Contact Information

Bryce Canyon National Park
Highway 63
Bryce, UT 84764
Park is Open 24 hours / day

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