Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – July 1999

Bryce Canyon. Photo by Daniel Lee

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.

Photo by Daniel Lee

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!

Photo by Daniel Lee

Photos courtesy of Daniel Lee

General Info Section


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.

First Stop:

The Redwoods

Second Stop:

Sequoia/ King’s Canyon

Third Stop:

Zion National Park

Fourth Stop:

Bryce Cayon Nat’l Park

Fifth Stop:

Escalante Nat’l Monument