I doubt that Homesteader Ebenezer Bryce expected his name to be remembered in such a stupendous way. Born in Scotland, he converted to Mormonism and after being disowned by his family moved to America, then west to Utah in the 1850’s with others of his faith. These white people called the area “badlands.” The twists and turns of the slot canyons with their dead ends and high walls must have seemed unexplainable and strange to these settlers. Now we look down on them in awe and fascination.
We didn’t spend a lot of time in Bryce Canyon on this trip, only an afternoon. These pictures were taken at Rainbow Point which has an elevation over 9,000 feet and is the highest point in the park.
Because of its high elevation Bryce Canyon is a pleasant park to visit in the summer, with most days ranging in the 70’s to low 80’s. When we visited in October it was unseasonably warm, and we wore only T Shirts in this high climate.
The hoodoos at Bryce Canyon reach up to 200 feet high. They are unique in the world, as are their sisters in Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Rainbow Point is at the end of the road into Bryce Canyon. Going back down the mountains we stopped at Natural Bridge Overlook.
This bridge (or arch) is a result of: Frost wedging, which happens when water turns to ice and expands in cracks of the rocks which results in weakening of the rock; Dissolution, which is the wearing down of the rock by rainwater; and Gravity, which over time pulled loose the rock which had been worn down by the other forces, causing the hole. See: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/naturalbridge.htm.
Bryce Canyon is adjacent to Dixie National Forest. We stopped so I could get a few pics near the Visitor’s Center.
There are many other areas to see in this park, which we’ve visited in the past. These were closed because it was nearing the end of October and they were getting ready for snow. Names such as The Queen’s Garden, The Hat Shop, The Silent City and Fairyland Canyon give an idea of other areas to explore in the park. Because its such a cool park, I’d like to spend some time hiking here, but because of the altitude we would have to plan on a bit of time getting our lungs used to the elevation before going out. I have photos from a trip several years ago and will add these in time to this journal, but for now I’m trying to stay current with the places we’re visiting presently. I’ll end this page by quoting from “Bryce Canyon, The Story Behind the Scenery,” by John Bezy.
“There are deep canyons and rooms resembling ruins of prisons, castles, churches with their guarded walls, battlements, spires, and steeples, niches and recesses, presenting the wildest and most wonderful scene that the eye of man ever beheld, in fact it is one of the wonders of the world.” by T.C. Bailey, 1876, (a government land surveyor.)