Instead of staying right outside of Bryce at the everything-overpriced-Ruby's Inn, we found a homey hotel in Tropic. Tropic is a very small town just down the hill from the entrance to the Canyon which includes a small food market, two restaurants and a gas station. That's about it. But, what else do you need? It was a perfect place to base ourselves by night while enjoying all the geology, beauty and mystery of the magical place called Bryce Canyon by day.
Actually, Bryce Canyon isn't really a "canyon". It's a plateau...the Paunsaugunt Plateau to be exact. The geology of the plateau is nothing less than fascinating. The famous spires, called "hoodoos," are formed when ice and rainwater wear away the weak limestone that makes up the Claron Formation in the Grand Staircase region. Native Americans were thought to have believed that the hoodoos were people at one point in time. Interestingly, the word "hoodoo" comes from the word "voodoo" which means to cast a spell. Truly, when you look out over the canyon from the rim, a sense of being spellbound can't be denied.