North Rim Grand Canyon travel blog

Isn't this amazing?

Sunrise Point view

Fascinating spires and hoodoos


Ponderosa Point view

This hoodoo looks like a bust, perhaps of a Roman

Natural Bridge

We can see for about 80 miles

Swamp Canyon viewpoint - who named this one?

Another view of the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

Bryce Point was quite popular

View from Bryce Point - no wonder it is a popular viewpoint

Panorama from Bryce Point

The contrasting colors are wonderful

It almost looks like a city

A closer shot of the "city"

Note the trail winding through the spires

Another arch is forming

Inspiration Point was another popular viewing platform

This is what we could see from Inspiration Point

And this is the other half of what we could see from...

Love the tenacity of this tree

Such color!

It looks like a castle

The erosion makes such great shapes

Fairyland Point

Fairyland Point

Shadows were moving across the valley by the end of the day

Tropic, UT Sitting at a relatively high elevation of 8,000 to 9,000’, Bryce Canyon National Park includes the largest area of hoodoo formations (spire-shaped rock formations) in the world. These crimson-colored hoodoos are a draw for over 2 million visitors a year. July sees almost 500,000 and we, of course, are here in July. July is also the hottest month. Since we are at a high elevation and it is mid-summer, we have seen some incredibly sun burned tourists who will be in a lot of pain tonight. The park has a number of overlooks and some trails through-out. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has major overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. There are quite a few minor ones as well. We did not miss a single one. Nowhere are the colors of Bryce Canyon's rock better displayed than from Sunset Point. Called the Claron Formation, this unique rock is primarily composed of limestone deposited approximately 50 million years ago in a large freshwater lake. Iron oxide minerals supply the vibrant red, oranges, and yellows of the lower half of the cliffs. Patches of pink and purple caused by manganese oxides add to the rainbow of color. The change from orange to white marks the beginning of the Upper Member. This section of limestone is purer; its lack of color is caused by the absence of mineral impurities. Besides the amazing rock fins, colorful spires and cool windows, Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for its fantastic views! From our vantage point we could see Navajo Mountain which is 80 miles to the south. Bryce Canyon is Mother Nature at her best.

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