Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah) – these hikes were part of a 2-week trip in the American Southwest (May-June 2018).
Bryce Canyon National Park is the largest concentration on Earth of spire-shaped tall rock formations called hoodoos (irregular columns of rock).
⚠️Park entrance $35/private vehicle/one week. Otherwise, buy America the Beautiful Annual Pass to enter more than 2000 American Natural Parks and Recreation Sites ($80/valid 1 year).
- despite its name, the Brice Canyon is in fact a giant natural amphitheater with a unique geology;
- besides silt stones and mud stones, the predominant rock type is the limestone;
- stargazing is possible due to the high air quality and the lack of light pollution;
- it is my favorite natural attraction from America so far;
There are ~ 50mi / 80km of trails in the park. Some of the most important trails are:
Queen’s Garden Trail
- total distance 1.8mi / 2.8km;
- you will descend 320ft / 98m;
- the least difficult trail;
Navajo Loop Trail
- total distance 1.3mi / 2.16km;
- you will descend 550ft / 167m;
- moderate difficulty;
- the most popular trail;
- takes visitors down the rim;
- connected to Queen’s Garden Trail;
- total distance 5.5mi / 8.85km;
- you will descend 1555ft / 473m;
- difficult hike;
- takes hikers to the canyon floor;
- it is also an equestrian trail;
- one of the most spectacular formation: the Wall of Windows;
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