Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah - Pictures - Erosion - Rocks

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park.  Notice the hiker?
Bryce Canyon National Park. Notice the hiker? | Source

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southern Utah, not far from Zion National Park.

If one would want to depict erosion at it's best, then Bryce Canyon and the sculptural rocks found there would be a prime example! This post will show many pictures of this geological wonder.

The colors of the rocks are brilliant and vary according to the time of day when viewed.

Iron oxide causes the red and yellow colors and manganese, the lavenders and purple hues.

The white cap-rock is harder than the rock beneath it and protects it from erosion from the top.

Fantastic effects have been created by the long time action of rain, snow and ice. One can conger up all types of images when viewing these other worldly shapes.


Bryce Canyon National Park

My niece at Bryce Canyon National Park
My niece at Bryce Canyon National Park | Source

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park | Source
Mule Deer
Mule Deer | Source
Scenic Bryce Canyon National Park
Scenic Bryce Canyon National Park | Source
Scenic Bryce Canyon National Park
Scenic Bryce Canyon National Park | Source
Prairie dog
Prairie dog | Source
People taking pictures of the prairie dogs.
People taking pictures of the prairie dogs. | Source
My niece looking at Bryce Canyon
My niece looking at Bryce Canyon | Source
Scenic Bryce Canyon National Park
Scenic Bryce Canyon National Park | Source
Scenic Bryce Canyon National Park
Scenic Bryce Canyon National Park | Source


Similar to Zion National Park, this area was once submerged by an inland lake. The land was eventually uplifted and there are many fossil remains of plants and animal life, including dinosaurs.


Bryce is actually an amphitheatre carved out of Pink Cliffs.


There are numerous lookout points from the road, and there are also many paths and trails that can be enjoyed by hearty hikers with good sturdy shoes.


Horses can also be rented and hikers are told to give horses the right of way when on these paths.



One has to carry water with one if one is to do any amount of hiking.

Mule Deer


Mule deer are seen in abundance, especially in the mornings and evenings when they are foraging for food.


We saw many ground squirrels and there is a prairie dog town nearby.


Also known to reside in this area are coyotes and some mountain lions.

Ebeneezer Bryce


Ebeneezer Bryce was a Mormon settler and tried to make a living in this area.


The quote ........"A hell of a place to lose a cow!" is credited to him.


Because of the lack of water, after about 5 years, he gave up and moved elsewhere.



Paiute Indians also lived around this area and considered this to be a very spiritual place.



Adjacent to the canyon are meadows filled with wildflowers and many different animals.

Prairie Dogs


Many people were amusing themselves taking photos of the cute and curious prairie dogs.....us included.


It is quite a large colony and although wary, the critters obviously see so many tourists that they allow people to get quite close to them before dodging below ground into their safe haven tunnels.

Photography



Photographers have a good time capturing various attitudes of the surreal landscape that is Bryce Canyon.


There are 35 miles of paved roads ( 56 kilometers ) that take one to a number of viewpoints.


Aqua Canyon is one of those places and sits at an elevation of 8800 feet.



Bristle-cone pine trees cling to the rocks and anchor themselves often in precarious attitudes drawing moisture from the frequent summer thunderstorms.


They also help to slow the process of erosion with their tenacious roots that embrace the rocks and hold them in place a while longer.


Ruby's Inn

We spent the night at Ruby's Inn.

Ruben and Minnie Syrett settled in this area back in 1916. They "discovered" Bryce Canyon and were granted permission to build a lodge nearby.

Scenery outside of our room at Ruby's Inn.

Feeding the ducks outside our room at Ruby's Inn.
Feeding the ducks outside our room at Ruby's Inn. | Source

Bryce Canyon National Park Utah


Ruby's Inn now includes a post office; laundromat; dining facilities; convention facilities; an indoor pool; a trailer park as well as the motel. We were very pleased with the accommodations and would stay there again were we ever to re-visit this area.



Outside our room was a small lake where we amused ourselves by feeding some ducks one morning. The meadow surrounding Ruby's Inn was very serene adorned with a variety of blooming wildflowers and trees.


It is quite a contrast to the fantastic shapes, spires, and weathered rocks that compose Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park Utah - Mule Ride

If you wish to see Bryce Canyon from every posted lookout point, this is the video for you!

National Parks


Bryce was one of five national parks in Utah that we were to enjoy visiting in the summer of 1991.

Photos of Bryce Canyon taken in the winter when snow blankets the area are absolutely stunning. Obviously this is a park that offers visitors a reason to come and enjoy it's year round beauty!

Hopefully you have enjoyed this glimpse via pictures taken of the amazing shaped rocks caused by erosion in Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park.

It is fantastically beautiful and the colors (depending upon the time of day or passing clouds) makes for a surreal landscape that one does not easily forget.

The "hoodoos" of Bryce Canyon National Park

More Photos from Bryce Canyon National Park

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Wish we had the time to do some hiking in Bryce...maybe next time!My mother & niece.  Chilly at that elevation with the wind blowing!
Wish we had the time to do some hiking in Bryce...maybe next time!
Wish we had the time to do some hiking in Bryce...maybe next time! | Source
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My mother & niece.  Chilly at that elevation with the wind blowing!
My mother & niece. Chilly at that elevation with the wind blowing! | Source
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Bryce Canyon National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)
Bryce Canyon National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

This would be handy to have for those with enough time to hike in Bryce Canyon. Next time I plan to use this!

 
A markerBryce National Park -
Bryce Canyon National Park, Tropic, UT 84776, USA
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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Mary,

Will look foward to seeing your photos after Santa brings you your photo scanner. I know hearing about your trip will be wonderful judging from the other things you write. Did you ever visit Utah? If not...put it on your list. It is amazing!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Sherry Hewins,

So glad that you liked my photos of Bryce Canyon. It is certainly a photographer's delightful place to expend some time in capturing some fantastic pictures. If we had had more time to do hiking down in the canyons...the pictures would have been even more amazing. Thanks for your comment and votes.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Peggy, I would love to write a Hub about our canyon trip, but I didn't keep a journal and I only have snapshots of our trip, no digital. I could refresh my memory by looking in the photo album, I guess.

I took some beautiful photos, but no digital. After Santa brings my scanner, I just might write that Hub.

See you....


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello christin53,

Bryce Canyon National Park is quite a place to see in person! Hope that is possible for you someday, and if not, at least you had a virtual look at the amazing views via this hub and youtube videos. Thanks for your comment.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Mary,

Have you written about your canyon tour? If not, perhaps you will consider doing so? That would have been a wonderful trip with your daughter. Thanks for your comment on this Bryce Canyon National Park hub and especially for the share. Glad that you liked it.


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