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

Updated on July 31, 2017
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Utah is a fantastic state filled with natural wonders including many beautiful state and national parks. We loved vacationing there!

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park | 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.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park | Source

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.

Rainbow Point in Bryce Canyon National Park
Rainbow Point in 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 amphitheater 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.

See the hikers below in Bryce Canyon?
See the hikers below in Bryce Canyon? | Source

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

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.

Mule Deer in Bryce Canyon National Park
Mule Deer in Bryce Canyon National Park | Source

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.

Thor's Hammer, Bryce Canyon National Park
Thor's Hammer, Bryce Canyon National Park | Source

Prairie Dogs

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

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.

Prairie Dogs
Prairie Dogs | Source

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.

Bristlecone Pine Tree at Bryce Canyon
Bristlecone Pine Tree at Bryce Canyon | Source

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.

You can see the location of Ruby's Inn and its proximity to Bryce Canyon National Park at the top of the map featured below.


Ruby's Inn now includes a post office, a 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 revisit 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 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 and videos taken of the amazingly 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

Bryce National Park:
Bryce Canyon National Park, Tropic, UT 84776, USA

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Yes I am sure that many people would consider the place in a spiritual manner. It is so beautiful at Bryce Canyon National Park!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      8 months ago

      Another great place you have visited. I can see from some of the pictures how native people would consider the place spiritual. The shapes of some of the rocks look like faces and figures. Thank you for posting.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello schoolgirlforreal,

      Utah is a fabulous vacation destination with 5 national parks and even more state parks. It should definitely be on your radar screen for a wonderful vacation spot. Glad you liked this and is even more spectacular in person.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image


      22 months ago


      This is a very well written and informative hub.

      I would like to do some traveling someday- I'll keep Utah in mind. I don't think I've seen a mule before. They look just like horses. The pictures are beautiful, I imagine it must be stunning in real life , even more so. Sounds like a fun adventure and trip. A lot of people go to Florida to Universal Studios and to Niagra Falls, but this looks good too!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 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....

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Amazing photos! Thanks so much for sharing your story. Voted up and beautiful.

    • christin53 profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      This looks like a wonderful place to visit the photo's are spectacular. I just wish I had the money to travel and see it for myself.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I traveled here with one of my daughters about 4 years ago. We did a "canyon" tour, and it was so enjoyable.

      You did a great job with this Hub, and I loved the photos.

      I voted this Hub Up , and I'll share so that others can see again the good work on this Hub.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Photos will probably always be my most favorite of souvenirs and Bryce Canyon National Park certainly offered great vistas for my camera. Glad that you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Oh Peggy this is truly beautiful and I have to vote up and bookmark as always.

      Yoiur hubs are amazing;always so well presented,interesting and full of awesome images.

      What more can we ask for ???

      Take care my friend and enjoy your day.


    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Chuck,

      As close as you live to Utah, if at all possible you should make the effort to visit Bryce Canyon National Park and as many of the other National and State parks as possible. It is truly a wonderland with so much of the State remaining devoted to public lands. Of course your State of Arizona is also beautiful. Glad you liked the photos and thanks for your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      So glad that you enjoyed these pictures from Bryce Canyon. Thanks for your comment. The scenery is truly wonderful. Hard to get a bad photo.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Gypsy Willow,

      Good point you brought up. People of a certain age can buy lifetime senior citizen passes for national parks and even get discounts or passes to state parks. Since we were traveling with my mother at the time, we received those benefits when visiting Bryce Canyon and other parks as it often covers all the people in a car.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      So glad that you enjoyed seeing these photos of Bryce Canyon National Park. Thanks for your comment and the votes! :))

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Bryce Canyon is really something as are all of Utah's national parks. Obviously you have spent some time there as well. Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      I love your pictures. We live in Arizona, just one state south of Utah but, so far, we haven't managed to get to Utah. Our daughter has visited Zion and her pictures from there were great and, of course, you Hub and its pictures are a great incentive for people to go visit Utah.

      Thanks for a great Hub and I am now more determined than ever to visit there.

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      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Another beautiful and interesting place to visit and hike. Your photos present a lot of exciting outdoor activities. I love the beautiful and colorful rock formation. The scenery is absolutely awesome. Great photos and videos of Bryce Canyon. Thanks for sharing another informative and interesting hub.

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      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      reddog1027, be sure to buy a lifetime senior pass for national parks. It will save you so much money. Have a wonderful trip!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      A very nice tour of Bryce Canyon National Park.Your pictures are very attractive. voted up,awesome,beautiful and interesting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      Your hub on Bryce Canyon brings back memories of a wonderful trip to Utah's national parks! Bryce Canyon is so different from any other place I've ever heard about - it almost has an 'other worldly' feel about it. Love the photographs of the canyon and the prairie dogs! As always, you hub is useful, interesting and beautiful. Voted up!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi reddog1027,

      If you visit Bryce Canyon on your cross-country trip, be sure and visit the other National Parks in Utah. They each offer something unique and memorable. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for helping me add another stopping point for my "after retirement" cross county road trip.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beccas90,

      I agree with you that hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park would be an even better way to enjoy the park besides looking at it from above. Such beauty in the West! Thanks for the comment.

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      9 years ago from New York

      The American west just has so many places I've still to visit and this along with Yellowstone are top of my list. I'd love to hike some of the trails as I like to get as close as possible to the park. Thank you for great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      Yes, Bryce Canyon National Park is definitely scenic and that quote..."a hell of a place to lose a cow!" most appropriate. Can you imagine trying to round up cattle in that area? Thanks for your comment.

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      9 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful scenic experience.


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