Vacation Day 5 – Bryce Canyon

After saying goodbye to the North Rim, we headed up to Bryce Canyon in Utah. To get to this canyon, you drive through a little park with red rocks, which are neat until you see how many are at Bryce! Bryce is viewed from the rim of the canyon, so you look down at it, as opposed to Zion, where you see the park from inside the canyon itself. Bryce Canyon National Park is actually made up of several canyons. The ones at the south (I think) end of the park don’t have as many of those stalagmite-like structures, which are called hoodoos. The other end of the park has so many its amazing. Hoodoos are actually formed by erosion. Wind and snow erode them – and the water gets into the rock, freezes, and then expands, further sculpting them. The rock forms archs, which collapse, forming hoodoos.

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They had ravens here too – they were really agressive and actually pecked at our car at one stop. They are enormous too! Here they are grooming each other.
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Next up, Rainbow Point:
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Next, Black Birch Canyon:
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It looked like a Greek temple on the side of the mountain!
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This is now up near the “amphitheatre” where there are just thousands of these things!
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It was cold in the mid-morning! This is maybe 11ish. But by afternoon, it was short sleeve weather! The following early morning, like 7am was FREEZING! And windy!
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The hoodoos reminded me almost of the Chinese terra cotta warriors. There were just so many in this big canyon and they were lined up in rows!

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See what I mean about the terra cotta warriors?
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This is the Navaho Trail leading down from, I think, Sunset point.
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Tiny people down there:
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We went on the Queen’s Garden Trail from, I think, Sunrise Point. You get to hike down among the hoodoos. It’s really really cool. They are huge!
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You can see a bit of the trail on the right here.
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A stone arch
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And there I am!
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The end of the trail. Now it was nothing but uphill for a mile or so!!
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But first, pictures of the rock formation the trail was named after! Queen Victoria!

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The sun was setting and it made the hoodoos glow. It was so pretty!
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Some people for scale:
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