Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, United States covered in some 36,000 acres of land with a beautiful pink formation of land. Although, it is called as canyon but it is not really a canyon but a clusters of various natural amphitheaters. It was designated in the category of National Park of united states in 1928.
The beautiful creation of Bryce Canyon is carved mainly because of snow, water and wind. The geology of Bryce Canyon has change many time during the past millions of years. If you see the rocky parts of the Canyon, it was once covered under the sea, deserts, mountains, and coastal plain. Millions of year ago, because of the extreme force of the mother nature in the form of volcanoes, earthquakes etc, reshaped the whole area. Today what is remain is the colorful canyon which millions of visitors visit every year from all around the world.
Inside the park
Bryce Canyon is 17 miles long one way with narrow and winding roads and beautiful view point’s all along the way.
It is one of the most popular view point both because of the spectacular views and the trail head which goes to Queen’s Garden. It is a must do trail in the park which is designated as easy to moderate. The trail descends 320 feet (98m) and 320 feet to come up. You will come across several hoodoos which represents this garden and at the end you will be able to depict Queen Victoria with a throne on this hoodoos.
If you decided to hike forward there is a Navajo loop hike which is one of the most popular. Round trip of Navajo loop through sunset point back to sunrise point is about 3 miles. The trail is open April throughout October.
Services available are Bryce Canyon General Store, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Showers, Laundry, Snack Bar.
Sunset point is one of the most stunning views of the canyon. Though it is named as sunset point, however the sunrise is beautiful here. This view point actually projects out a bit from the rim which actually provides better and more closer look of the hoodoos and canyon.
This view point of the park consists of various spectacular views of the main amphitheatre. Visitors can also look towards the Silent City where the hoodoos are lying on the backdrop of Boat Mesa.
Bryce view point is one of the most spectacular scenic vista of the park from where you can see whole amphitheatre. Sunrise at this point is brilliant and this is why it is famous for. Top of the hoodoos looks awesome as it has been set on fire with the sun rays. This point as well as the park is named after a man called Ebenezer Bryce. He was shipbuilder who in 1870 settled in the valley near canyon and also helped people construct buildings.
Paria point is located on the other side of the Bryce point. It is less visited overlook in the park. On sun set you can find a castle shaped hoodoos absorbing the last rays of the sun which looks brilliant. The word Paria means “water with elk” or “water with mud”.
The Swamp canyon overlook covered both sides by hoodoos and fins. To the south, you can see Mud and Noon Canyon Buttes. The Swamp canyon remains wet most time of the year and it is also home to Tiger Salamanders and Missouri Iris.
There are two connecting trails which leads hikers to the Under-the-Rim trail and other backcountry camping sites. So combination of these two connecting trails forms a 4.3 mile Swamp Canyon Loop trail. This trail is great for the bird watchers.
The Fairview Point offers a spectacular views of the major landmarks from north to south. Starting from the Aquarius Plateau (Pink Cliffs), the Kaiparowits Plateau (Grey Cliffs), Molly’s Nipple (White Cliffs), and sometimes you also get the views of the Kaibab Plateau on which the famous North Rim of the Grand Canyon is located. There is a very short and easy trail from the parking lot which heads north to the Piracy Point.
It offers a great view in the park. The Natural Bridges is one among several other natural arches in the Canyon. This natural arch which is made up of red rock looks sculpted and amazing among the back drop of green Ponderosa forest. These bridges are formed due to million years of erosion by rivers and streams.
Rainbow and Yovimpa View point:
This is the last view point in the Bryce Canyon. Situated at 9,115 foot it is the last voew point of the 17 miles park. A short walk along the woods near the Yovimpa Point is awesome. It offers a large and colorful cliffs and terraces.