Bryce Canyon National Park

By : Andreas Gomez


There is no place quite like Bryce Canyon. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) can be found on every continent, but here is the archetypal "hoodoo-iferous" terrain. Each year, over 1.5 million people visit Bryce Canyon, taking delight in the fantastic scenery and recreational opportunities. Hiking, horseback riding, biking and atv tours are popular activities year round! Cross-country Skiing and Sleigh Rides are also available in Winter.

Bryce Canyon National Park is Located in southwestern utah in the United States.

When Did People find out about Bryce Canyon?

Bryce Canyon is a small national park in southwestern Utah. Named after the Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon became a national park in 1928. Bryce is famous for its worldly unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos." Tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name, these whimsically arranged rocks create a wondrous landscape of mazes, offering some of the most exciting and memorable walks and hikes imaginable.

Events In Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is the ultimate place to learn about and enjoy the splendor of the night sky. Far from the light pollution of civilization, and protected by a special force of park rangers and volunteer astronomers, Bryce Canyon is the last grand sanctuary of natural darkness. The night shy at Bryce is so dark we can see 7500 stars on a moonless night!

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How are hoodoo's formed

Hoodoos are formed by two weathering processes that continuously work together in eroding the edges of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The primary weathering force at Bryce Canyon is frost wedging. Here we experience over 200 freeze/thaw cycles each year. In the winter, melting snow, in the form of water, seeps into the cracks and freezes at night. When water freezes it expands by almost 10%, bit by bit prying open cracks, making them ever wider in the same way a pothole forms in a paved road.

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What kind of wildlife am I likely to see?

Wildlife commonly seen at Bryce includes: Mule Deer, Utah Prairie Dogs, Chipmunks, Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels, antelope, Gray Fox, Ravens, Steller's Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers, Red-tailed Hawks, Turkeys, and Mountain Short-horned Lizards. Black Bear, Elk, and Mountain Lions are rarely seen.

Are there any human activities or natural processes that are changing or impacting this landform?

The hoodoo transformation is when in the winter it freezes the canyon and when it melts the snow inside the rock expands which makes cracks and that how hoodoo are made. So global warming heat and colds up the earth so if it freezes allot the hoodoo landform can be larger and larger. So In a different asspect golbal warming in helping hoodoo's making them more unique.


Bryce canyon park Is located in southwestern Utah near Zion National Park and Other Parks.

The east entrance of Zion National Park is 78 miles from Bryce Canyon. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 150 miles from Bryce Canyon; the South Rim is 300 miles.