They call it Hoodoo, I call it a rock needle with bumps and bulges that sometimes protrudes 20 meters into the air. Since this is difficult to use in a conversation, I now also say Hoodoo ;-). The rock needle – Sorry, Hoodoo 😉 – is not alone in nature so much. There are many, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of them in Bryce Canyon National Park. Most are in the most famous part, the Bryce Amphitheater. Like in an amphitheater you stand at one of the numerous viewpoints and look at the valley with the hoodoos. In crimson on oranges and red soil, they stand there. The eye can not capture them all and instead finds a picture with irregularly shaped rocks that seem to flow into each other.
Bryce Canyon National Park is just 1.5 hours from Zion National Park. On this beautiful and varied journey you will overcome about 6000 feet altitude and is located in Bryce on average 8500 feet. The highest point in the national park is located at 9500 feet, just 600 feet below the top of the Zugspitze in Germany (9717). The amazing thing, though, is that it’s not a tip in Bryce, it’s just a plane area – so the height is just a headache (that passed quickly).
Here are some pictures:
Our top 3 in Bryce:
1 – Bryce Point
Get up early and watch the sunrise at Bryce Point. The hoodoos absorb the morning light and shine in a beautiful orange. It is only a short walk from the parking lot to the viewpoint. To see the Bryce Point at sunrise, you have to stay overnight in the National Park.
2 – Hiking
In Bryce National Park hiking can be both literal and figurative. Trails of different distances transport the visitor in true sculpture gardens full of eerie hoodoos. Once again, the program is rich, from the simplest walks to tiring hikes that fill the whole day.
3 – stargazing
After a busy day, it’s possible (when the moon is playing along) to watch some 7,500 stars visible in the night sky (a city dweller probably sees only about 200 at home) in one of the park’s regular night-sky programs. Bryce is one of the places in the US with little light pollution. So great for star shows