Bryce Canyon National Park

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Established in 1928, Bryce Canyon National Park features peculiar geological structure called hoodoos. These are pillars of rocks eroded by wind, water, and ice over millions of years. Visiting the park in a chilly early November morning, grayish dense clouds shielded a would have been spectacular warm sunrise. Feeling the whistling wind etching my face, I feared that I myself will be carved into a hoodoos if I stay here any longer. High in elevation (8-9000 ft or 2400-2700m above sea level), Bryce is considerable colder and receive more precipitation than nearby attractions such as Zion and the Grand Canyon.

Bryce is technically not a canyon, but the southeastern edge of Paunsgunt Plateau, with horse-shoe shape amphitheaters eroded from the edge. The biggest of them all is the Bryce Amphitheater (1st pic): 12-mile long, 3 miles wide, and 800 feet deep, probably more than enough to hold the whole population of Utah (2.5 millions in 2006).

Sunrise point, which is deceptive since it's not really a good spot to watch sunrise. There's a trail leading down among the hoodoos (last 2 pix).

Sunset point, again this is by no means the best place to watch sunset.

 

We began our descent down to the root of the hoodoos via the Queen's Garden Trail.

In the 2nd & 3rd pix is the Thor's Hammer.

Standing at the root of hoodoos, looking up, gasp at the vastness of these orange rock pillars.

At the end of trail, we see the Queen (Victoria, supposedly) is overlooking her garden. Compare it to the Queen Victoria's statue I took in Windsor, UK (3rd pic).

 

More ransom sceneries. In the 1st 2 pix is the Natural Bridge.

 

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