Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah, August 1993

Photos ©Peter Mansbach
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Bryce Canyon is known for its strange and colorful rock formations, especially the sandstone pillars known as "hoodoos". It is located in southwestern Utah, at an elevation of 7000 - 9000 ft. The altitude supposedly keeps Bryce cooler than the lower deserts in central and eastern Utah. Indeed, the official air temperature went up to only about 90°. But the hot southwest sun bakes the bare ground, the ground temperature rises to perhaps 140°, and the heat radiates back up. I've never been so hot hiking.

Ebenezer Bryce - after whom the park is named - was a farmer. He described this area simply:

"Helluva place to lose a cow."

Hoodoos, along the Peek-a-boo Loop Trail

Trail, Bryce
On the Peek-a-boo Loop Trail

Pink Cliffs
The pink cliffs, with some hoodoos that seem to glow!
(also on the Peek-a-boo Loop Trail)

View through window in rock
View through one of the "windows" which give the Peek-a-boo Loop Trail its name

Wall Street

On the left is a section of "Wall Street", a narrow ravine along the Navajo Loop Trail.

On the right, an unidentified girl emerges from one of the "windows" through the rock, and is awed by the immensity of the formations. (Navajo Loop Trail)

Awestruck girl

Lonely Tree, Bryce
A lone tree is dwarfed by the hoodoos (Fairyland Loop Trail)

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