This National Park was a really change after the last couple of days in the warm south of California.
Bryce Canyon is located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
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).
The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874.
The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a National Park in 1928. The park covers 35,835 acres (55.992 sq mi; 14,502 ha; 145.02 km2) and receives relatively few visitors compared to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, largely due to its remote location.
Along the Scenic View Road you can see some famous natural stone formations such as the Natural Bridge in the picture at your right.
Funny thing though is that you can see this bridge from a small park area (so you don´t have to walk to long) and at sometimes more then 50 people (and also 50 cameras/smartphones/tablets) are pointing at the bridge ... taking pictures ... and off the go for the next view point :-)
When you are looking through the Natural Bridge you can get a small view at the south side of Bryce Canyon.
The Bryce Canyon area shows a record of deposition that spans from the last part of the Cretaceous period and the first half of the Cenozoic era. The ancient depositional environment of the region around what is now the park varied. The Dakota Sandstone and the Tropic Shale were deposited in the warm, shallow waters of the advancing and retreating Cretaceous Seaway
(outcrops of these rocks are found just outside park borders). The colorful Claron Formation, from which the park's delicate hoodoos are carved, was laid
down as sediments in a system of cool streams and lakes that existed from 63 to about 40 million years ago (from the Paleocene to the Eocene epochs). Different sediment types were laid down as
the lakes deepened and became shallow and as the shoreline and river deltas migrated.
Panorama view from Rainbow point at Bryce Canyon. Rainbow point is the last destination of the Scenic View Road.
In the following Album see more pictures of beautiful Bryce Canyon.