Recently I dug out a picture from our time spent in Utah. Oh my gosh did it remind me of how much I loved living in Utah! Chris and I lived in that red rock state for a year and a half. We were able to travel to so many national parks. I thought in this weeks post I would take a walk down memory lane to one of our many favorite parks out west…
Bryce Canyon National Park.
Located in the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah, Bryce Canyon spans over 2000 feet of elevation difference.
Named after Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce National Park was established in 1928.
Bryce is not a “real” canyon. Water still plays an important role in it’s evolution, but in the form of ‘frost wedging.’ There are over 200 days a year when the temperatures go above and below freezing. The melting water during the day seeps into the fractures only to freeze at night then expands by 9%. The ice exerts a tremendous amount of force, between 2,000-20,000 pounds per square inch. Eventually this frost wedging shatters the pieces of rock apart.
Bryce also boasts some of the best air quality in the world. It is not uncommon to be able to see for over 100 miles plus.
World famous for its hoodoos, these spires are formed when ice and rainwater wear away the weak limestone that makes up the claron formation.
I remember feeling the cool reprieve looking up these tall ponderosa pines.
It is a harsh and arid landscape and it takes a lot of energy for both plants and animals to live. This juniper pine makes its own unique statue blending into the landscape.
There were so many interesting rock formations all around. I thought this formation looked like an angel and I made a card out of it for my mom one year.
I just loved looking over this landscape.
If you do get a chance to go to Bryce, the area is home to over 100 different species of birds, dozens of mammals and over 1000 different plant species.
You might just get lucky and see this little chipmunk like we did on the side of the trail. Scurrying all around, leaving their little paw prints in the desert sand, these little guys were so cute to watch living in this impressive landscape. I cannot wait until we get a chance to revisit this unique park again. Thanks for being awesome Bryce!
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If you go:
Unless you are planning to only visit one or two national parks out West, definitely buy a parks pass!
You cannot beat camping in national parks for $20, $30 for RV. Try to get there early. A lot of the sites are first come, first serve and you better believe they fill up fast.
Check out Bryce Canyon National Parks web page for lots of helpful info and start planning your amazing park adventure today!