|Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon - Part 2 of 11 of
2010 Tour of Fantastic Southwest USA
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The breathtaking view of the giant natural amphitheater of hoodoos （天然石俑岩柱 ) in Bryce Canyon
National Park as viewed from the Bryce Point Overlook along the scenic drive (Highway 63) in this
Some call it god's playground.
One of the most scenic vistas of the spectacular perspective of the full natural main amphitheater and
all its wonders amaze the visitors. Basking in the incredibly picturesque display of “hoodoos” that
enveloped me is very inspiring considering the intricacies of the hoodoos and their formation through
the erosion of the Claron Formation (or Pink Cliffs which is at the top of the Grand Staircase of cliffs
and terraces). This is the best view in this national park.
We toured the Bryce Canyon National Park and the nearby Red Canyon State Park in southwestern
Utah, USA on June 2, 2010.
I toured Bryce Canyon National Park again on April 23, 2012 and on May 23, 2017. Therefore, this web
page combines my photos from my 4 trips in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2017.
One of several chipmunks and birds that we saw in Bryce Canyon National Park.
One of several antelopes (羚羊, i.e., Pronghorns) that we saw on Scenic Byway 12, Highway 14 and Scenic
Highway 63 near Bryce Canyon National Park.
Antelope is the fastest running animal in western hemisphere. Its speed is only next to that of Cheetah in
Africa. Better pictures of antelopes can be seen on my Travelogue web page at:
Bryce Canyon National Park is in southwestern Utah, USA. The park entrance is about 2 miles south of the
junction of the Scenic Byway 12 and the Scenic Highway 63. At the junction of Scenic Byway 12 and Scenic
Highway 63, turn south on Highway 63 and go south for 2 miles to reach the entrance gate of Bryce Canyon
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Bryce Canyon National Park
Detailed park map is available at the following websites:
Red Canyon State Park is along Scenic Byway 12 in southwestern Utah and about 9 miles west of the junction
of Scenic Byway 12 and Scenic Highway 63.
Our 10-Day 2010 Tour Route of Southwest USA is a large loop starting and ending in Las Vegas in Nevada,
USA. The sequence of fantastic Point-Of-Interest (POIs) on this large loop is:
Las Vegas in Nevada --------> Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park in Utah ---------> Cedar Break National
Monument in Utah --------> Red Canyon State Park in Utah --------> Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
--------> Scenic Byway 12 through beautiful Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument in Utah --------> Scenic
Burr Trail and southern Part of Capital Reef National Park in Utah --------> Goblin Valley State Park in Utah
--------> Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah --------> Canyonland National Park in Utah ---------> Arches
National Park in Utah --------> Goosenecks State Park in Utah --------> Monument Valley in Arizona -------->
Antelope Canyons in Arizona --------> Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona -------->
Horseshoe Bend of Colorado River in Arizona ---------> Navajo Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona
Scenic Highway 89-ALT from east to west along beautiful Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona
--------> Grand Canyon - North Rim in Arizona --------> Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada --------->
Hemenway Park in Boulder City in Nevada ---------> Las Vegas in Nevada.
Part 3 of 11 entitled "Goosenecks and Monument Valley - Part 3 of 11 of 2010 Tour of fantastic Southwest
USA" is at:
The hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park are inside the giant natural amphitheaters, whereas the hoodoos
in the Red Canyon State Park are along the Scenic Byway 12. There are several pull-out parking areas along
Scenic Byway 12 for visitors to enjoy these fantastic views.
The spectacular view of Bryce Canyon National Park as viewed from the Sunset Point along the scenic drive
in this national park.
Zoom in for closer views of many hoodoos in these giant natural amphitheater settings in Bryce Canyon
National Park. There are many tall, thin rock spires with very strange shapes and colors in Bryce Canyon
National Park and they are called “hoodoos”. These hoodoos range in size from that of an average human to
heights exceeding a 10-story building. The elevation of the rim in Bryce Canyon National Park varies from
8,000 to 9,000 feet. These hoodoos are formed by wind, water and ice erosion at such elevation.
The native American legend associated with these hoodoos goes like this: Once there lived animal-like
creatures that changed themselves into people. But they were bad, so Coyote turned them into rocks of
various configurations. The spellbound creatures still huddle together here with faces painted just as they were
before being turned to stones.
Some people are hiking on the trails down into the canyon to enjoy the deep-hued vivid colors of the massive
hoodoos from different perspectives, and to gain a different appreciation of the immense size and the glowing
colors of the rock formations. These hoodoos change colors as the sun plays over them at different times of
the day. A good collection of such beautiful views from the "Wall Street" trail into the base of those tall
hoodoos can be seen at the following web page:
Beautiful Pictures: Click here to see a good collection of fantastic pictures from the Wall Street Trail into the
base of tall Hoodoos
These hoodoos are hundreds of feet tall. Walking at the base among these tall and pink hoodoos is almost like
walking in the narrow slot canyon of the famous and beautiful Antelope Canyon as shown on my Travelogue
web page at:
The optical mechanism that makes the pink color glows inside the Antelope Canyon is also working here at the
base among those tall and pink hoodoos. Therefore, the experience of beautiful and glowing pink color at the
base among these tall hoodoos is similar to that inside the spectacular Antelope Canyon.
However, at the high elevation of 8,000 to 9,000 feet in Bryce Canyon National Park, some hikers will be
gasping for breath of the thin air such that they may feel light-headed and nauseated (high altitude sickness, 高
山症). The hikers must be in good physical shape and have appropriate footwear. The going down may be
easy, but the coming back up the steep trail can be a killer. At the parking lot of Inspiration Point, we saw an
ambulance with flashing red lights and several rangers who just rescued an hiker who was dehydrated in the
Comment from a Chinese hiker on strenuous hiking in Zion National Park followed by Bryce Canyon National
Park as follows:
因為昨天 Zion National Park 的高強度徒步爬山，我渾身都是酸疼的，今天走著這個
Bryce Canyon 大下坡真是痛不欲生啊!
On the other hand, a friend couple who went down and enjoyed those beautiful views and glowing colors told
us that they were so busy enjoying the fantastic views and taking many pictures such that they forgot that it
was arduous to climb back up that steep trail.
Red Canyon State Park along Scenic Byway 12 in southwestern Utah, USA. It is only about 9 miles west of
Bryce Canyon National Park.
More views in the Red Canyon State Park
The colors of the sandstone hoodoos, topped with white, then pink, then yellow, and finally red toward the
bottom of the canyon, are best appreciated during sunrise and sunset.
These hoodoos and their associated native American legend remind me of the fantasy stories of demons (妖
怪) in the Chinese classic novel "The Great Adventure To The West 西遊記". About 1500 years ago, a Chinese
Buddhist monk (玄奘法師, 唐三藏 ) took a very treacherous and long trip by foot from China to India to obtain
the Buddhist sutra (scriptures) from India. His treacherous trip went through many strange terrains along the
Silk Road in the desert in western China. The “Odyssey” of this Buddhist monk was dramatized by a very
skillful Chinese writer into the classic Chinese novel “The Great Adventure To The West 西遊記” by adding
many fantasies, including many demons challenging this Buddhist monk, to the original true story.
No wonder that one of several fantastic vantage points in Bryce Canyon National Park for viewing the colorful
hoodoos is named as Fairyland Point.
There are also several hiking trails for hikers to explore the Red Canyon State Park.
A grid work of deep ravines that divide turreted walls suggesting the ruins of an ancient metropolis. In the
narrow slot canyons among these giant hoodoos, the mix of shadows and deep-hued colors of hoodoos can
vary and become very brilliant and beautiful to enjoy. The reflected light from the surrounding sandstone
illuminates dark shadows and gives a glow in shades of pink, red, and orange or halo to the hoodoos .
I stitched 2 adjacent photos together taken from the Bryce Point in 2010 to get an even broader panoramic
view of the giant natural amphitheater of hoodoos.
Note: At the parking lot for Bryce Point, visitors must walk north on a short trail with steel guard rail and fence
that goes northeast for several hundred feet to reach the Bryce Point Overlook (with steel guard rail and
fence) jutting out and deep into the hoodoos amphitheater to enjoy the breathtaking views as shown in the
following three pictures.
To get a nice overview of Bryce Canyon National Park, drive the 18-mile main park road. On this paved route,
you will have many chances to stop and admire the views from various overlooks.
Three views from Fairyland Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.
A picture of me (Sing Lin) at Rainbow Point (彩虹點) at the elevation of 9,115 Feet near the southern end of
the scenic drive in Bryce Canyon National Park in our April 2003 trip. This is the highest portion of the Bryce
Canyon National Park which is the top step of the geological Grand Staircase.
I took a movie scan of the wonderful view from the Rainbow Point as shown in the following YouTube website:
How I use information age technologies to enhance my enjoyment greatly of sightseeing large driving tour
loop of thousands of miles and of one to two weeks in duration covering many Points of Interest is
described on my web page at:
However, Bryce Canyon National Park is in a remote area and the small number of motels in the nearby
areas may be all sold out in the busy summer season. Therefore, I did make hotel reservations a few days
before I started driving for my trips to tour Bryce Canyon National Park.
Short trail with steel guard rail and fence that goes northeast from the parking lot for several hundred feet to
reach the spectacular Bryce Point Overlook jutting out and deep into the hoodoos amphitheater to enjoy the
Bryce Point Overlook jutting out and deep into the hoodoos amphitheater for visitors to enjoy the breathtaking
Some people ride horse or mule to descend into the Bryce Canyon to see more grandeur and all of Bryce’s
breathtaking beauty from horseback. The horse trail starts at Sunrise Point to descent into the Canyon. The
trail ride desk is at the lobby of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. More information on the Horse Back Ride in
Bryce Canyon National Park is available at:
Natural Bridge (or natural Arch) 85 feet long and 125 feet high. Its bright rusty red contrasts with the deep
green of the trees below and the deep blue of the sky above.
Two photos from Paria View.
Look down from Bryce Point Overlook.
Zoom in on snow mountain some distance sway as viewed from Rainbow Point in Bryce Canyon National
Park on May 23, 2017.
Large Variation in Temperature:
Two days ago on May 21, 2017 when we were touring Valley of Fire in Nevada, the air temperature
exceeded 100 degrees. Next night (May 22, 2017) when we were in a cabin/motel in a small village of Hatch
about 14 miles west of Bryce Canyon in Utah, the evening temperature dropped down to about 33 degrees.
On May 24, 2017 on our return trip, we drove on Highway 14 in Utah. This Highway 14 climes the Cedar
Mountain up to about 11,000 feet of elevation and there were lots of snow on roadside forest.
In the evening of May 24, 2017, we were in Las Vegas, Nevada, the air temperature was again about 100
degrees and there were big crowd of people on the street enjoying Las Vegas. So, in this 3-day tour of
Nevada and Utah in late May, we need both summer short shirt and winter warm jacket.
One important contributor to such large variation in temperature is the elevation. The elevations in Valley of
Fire and Las Vegas are about 2,000 feet whereas the elevation at Rainbow Point in Bryce Canyon National
Park is 9,115 feet and the summit of Highway 14 is about 11,000 feet.
Short hiking trail to Bryce Point Overlook under crystalline blue sky.
Stare out into the vast expanse of the famous Grand Staircase as viewed from Bryce Canyon National
Park. Bryce Canyon is the top step in the Grand Staircase. Zion National Park is in the middle layer/step
and the Grand Canyon is in the oldest lower lsyer/step of the Grand Staircase.
Bryce Canyon's extremely high air quality provides tremendous visibility up to 160 miles.
More detailed information and photos on the Grand Staircase are on my web page at:
Photographers seeking sunset pictures are often disappointed by the fact that most of the cliffs and hoodoos
of Bryce Canyon do not face west of the setting sun. Paria View is one exception. Here at Paria View, one
prominent and photogenic castle-like hoodoo rises high above the canyon floor to face west to reflect the
glowing golden rays of the setting sun.