Bryce Canyon Nat. Park
Colorful pinnacles called hoodoos make Bryce Canyon a real wonderland!
Bryce Canyon National Park is the “cover girl” of southern Utah’s national parks. The Pink Cliffs arenear the top of the “Grand Staircase” of sedimentary rock layers, having accumulated in a shallow lake between Rocky Mountain uplifts about fifty million years ago. Mudstone and limestone layers have a gorgeous palette of colors ranging from pink to orange and white. Uplifted over the last few million years, the Pink Cliffs form the top of the Pansagunt Plateau, having been eroded into a myriad of rock pillars called hoodoos. Bryce Canyon itself has the most amazing array of hoodoos in the world, truly a national park quality landscape. Being at high elevation between 7000-9000+ feet, Bryce Canyon country is relatively cool with pleasant summer temperature and snow in winter. The vegetation ranges from stately Ponderosa Pines and aspen groves transitioning up into Limber Pines and ancient Bristlecone Pines. Wildlife includes pronghorn antelope, mule deer, mountain lion, and colonies of the rare prairie dog.
Earth Tours guides our guests on a variety of tours in Bryce Canyon NP. For folks preferring easy strolls, we go to scenic viewpoints overlooking Bryce Canyon and other scenic vistas and do hikes into easily accessible canyons. If our guest are looking for more vigorous hiking, Bryce has a number of challenging trails with enchanting names like Peekaboo, Wall Street, Queens Garden, and Waterfall Canyon. Some hikes are facilitated by using your guest’s car to do a shuttle between trailheads. If time allows, we might also go to special places in the adjacent Grand Staircase (western part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument).