Hoff's Aliner Travels
A Travel Blog for US and Canadian Parks with Geological Notes

Bryce Canyon National Park

Modified From Wikipedia:
Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).
Bryce Canyon was not formed from erosion initiated from a central stream, meaning it technically is not a canyon. Instead headward erosion has excavated large amphitheater-shaped features in the Cenozoic-aged rocks of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. This erosion exposed delicate and colorful pinnacles called hoodoos that are up to 200 feet (60 m) high. A series of amphitheaters extends more than 20 miles (30 km) north-to-south within the park. The largest is Bryce Amphitheater, which is 12 miles (19 km) long, 3 miles (5 km) wide and 800 feet (240 m) deep.
I took the bus up to Rainbow Point (9,115 feet) so I could see a bristlecone Pine. They are one of the longest living things on earth. The ones here are only babies, though, with the oldest one being 1,600 years old.
The morning I left, I woke up to a coating of freezing rain on the Aliner.


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