Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Arriving at Sunrise Point for our first view...Lovely!

And off to our right...

So happy to be here...

Hoodoo Formations...

The color variations make it quite lovely...

Wall of rock is called fins...

When the fins erode they become hoodoo's...

Jim, Brenda & Larry enjoying the day...

There are several walking paths to the bottom...Trouble is, there's no elevator...

Telephoto shot wayyyyyyy off in the distance...

Moving on to Inspiration Point...

Yep, thatta way :)

I loved 'the Arch'....Cool!

Wow, what a view!

Glad to see the trees are still doing well in the area...

Looking across the valley to the plateau way off to our right...

Note the 'controlled burn' in the distance...

Larry & Jim took a walk to the far end...

Whew, back on top...Think I'll rest here for a bit :)

One last look before we head out...

Getting near 'the burn area'...

It's pretty windy today...

Pretty colors in the smoke...Hope everything goes as planned!


Last week we were fortunate enough to spend the day exploring Bryce Canyon National Park, located in southwestern Utah, with our friends Jim & Brenda. The weather co-operated that day even though there was a bit of wind, especially near the edge of the canyon. I wore a light jacket for a part of the day but was able to go without it at times. When you visit this part of the state in April you just never know! After checking in with the Visitor's Center we decided to drive to three of the many scenic viewpoints. No hiking today, just viewing. First stop, Sunrise Point. And, if you are not familiar with Bryce Canyon National Park here is a bit of info for you:

The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks.

The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet and the red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views. The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a National Park in 1928. The park covers 35,835 acres but receives relatively few visitors compared to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, largely due to its remote location.

Bryce Canyon was not formed from erosion initiated from a central stream, meaning it technically is not a canyon. Instead headward erosion has excavated large amphitheater-shaped features in the Cenozoic-aged rocks of the Paunsagunt Plateau. This erosion exposed delicate and colorful pinnacles called hoodoos that are up to 200 feet high. A series of amphitheaters extends more than 20 miles north-to-south within the park. The largest is Bryce Amphitheater, which is 12 miles long, 3 miles wide and 800 feet deep.

Nineteenth-century Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce, for whom the park is named, said it was "a hell of a place to lose a cow." The canyon's remarkable collection of whimsical hoodoo spires were believed by the early Paiute Indians to be people frozen in stone by the mischievous spirit Coyote. The spellbound creatures still huddle together here with faces painted just as they were before being turned to stone. All righty then, guess that explains everything, lol!

Of the three stops made today my favorite was Inspiration Point. The views were magnificent and I liked the 'Arch'. You'll note in one of the pics that they were doing a 'controlled' burn behind us. We were frankly, quite surprised, as it seemed too windy for that task. But, I'm not a fireman so what the heck do I know??? The last few pics show the men working hard at keeping it under control.

Well, that's it for now. Hope you enjoy the photos, we certainly had a great day. I'd like to come back again next year & do some camping and hiking for a couple of weeks. And visit the nearby Wildlife Museum. Can't believe I've lived in this area for so many years & never visited this beautiful area. We've been to Zion & the Grand Canyon many times and somehow missed this awesome site. Bottom line, if you visit southwestern Utah we highly recommend a stop at Bryce. You won't be sorry!!!

PS Apparently Yahoo, Gmail & several others ISP's have changed their spam security settings & it is affecting the 'new post' notifications. I've had no luck resolving this issue so if you are one of those affected please check back ocassionally. Sorry :(



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