By Gallegos, Adrian
The park is named after Ebenezer Bryce who started ranching the area in 1875
Most rural parts of the U.S. have 2500 stars visible on any given clear night. At Bryce Canyon, that number jumps to a whopping 7500.
- The Bryce canyon is not a real canyon, it isn't carved from flowing water.The main ingredient is water, but in the form of frost wedging and chemical weathering.
How was the Bryce canyon formed?
The canyon first started out with other formations but they were eroded from the Laramide oregeny which started about 70 millions years ago. Then it created the Rocky Mountains on to the east to help close the sea that covered the area. A large part of the western area started to stretch itself into the nearby Basin and Range. After that, while not part of the area, the greater Bryce area was stretched into the High Plateaus with the same forces. The uplift of the Colorado river and its tributaries, even the Paria river,which are eroding head-ward in between the two plateaus adjacent park. So the uplift caused the formation of the vertical joints which were then eroded to form the free standing pinnacles called hoodoos, badlands, and monolith we now see today.
Paiute Indian history says the colorful hoodoos were "Legend People" who were turned into stone by the trickster god Coyote.
There are 400 hardy plant species in this high desert environment
Foxes, mountain lions, and black bears inhabit Bryce Canyon, although they are rarely seen.
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