Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – July 1999
Hoodoo – a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, sculpted by erosion.
These are what Bryce Canyon is all about. Hoodoos. Lots of them. In all kinds of crazy and beautiful shapes, sizes and colors.
The park is basically comprised of a long road that connects a series of breathtaking vistas. This is the thing to do in Bryce Canyon: drive down the road and stop at all the viewpoints.
There is backcountry hiking and camping available, but it is hardly worth it. Most campsites are in a rather nondescript valley forest and only a couple have consistently available water.
It is worth it, however, to hike a few of the day trails through the Hoodoos. It is one thing to stand on the rim and look down, it is another thing entirely to stand in the middle of these colorful, contorted obelisks!
Photos courtesy of Daniel Lee
Bryce Canyon National Park is located about 2-3 hours from Cedar City or Zion National Park, off Utah state Highway 12.
Click here for a Utah state map showing the National Park.
US$10 per vehicle for a 7 day pass. $5 for backcountry permits.
There is a lodge inside the park and campgrounds costing $10 per night. There are also several hotels and campgrounds outside the park.
I am a sometime professional musician (upright bass), sometime
house builder, sometime shoe salesman who is leaving all these things
behind to travel across the United States and spend time in the woods.
Actually, I am moving from Oregon to Georgia to start a Master’s of Music Education degree at UGA. With a move like that, I had to make the time for a grand tour.
At the beginning of the journey, I stopped in for a while with the
Boots’n’All crew who I knew from earlier journeys. After some poking and
prodding, they talked me into a series of Travel Guides from the trip.
Bryce Cayon Nat’l Park