|Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon - Part 2 of 11 of
2010 Tour of Fantastic Southwest USA
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The breathtaking view of the giant natural amphitheater of hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park as viewed
from the Bryce Point along the scenic drive (Highway 63) in this national park.
Some call it god's playground.
One of the most scenic vistas of the spectacular perspective of the full natural main amphitheater and all its
wonders amaze the visitors. Basking in the incredibly picturesque display of “hoodoos” that enveloped me is
very inspiring considering the intricacies of the hoodoos and their formation through the erosion of the Claron
Formation (or Pink Cliffs which is at the top of the Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces). This is the best view
in the park.
We toured the Bryce Canyon National Park and the nearby Red Canyon State Park in southwestern Utah, USA
on June 2, 2010.
Previously, I did visit Bryce Canyon National Park in April, 2003. But I was a beginner of photography in 2003
and my first digital camera in 2003 had rather limited capabilities. The digital camera technologies have
advanced substantially and I have also gained more photography experience in this 7 year period. Therefore, I
want to come back to the Bryce Canyon National Park again to take much better pictures of the breathtaking
panoramic view of such a magnificent and beautiful national park. The camera I am currently using is Canon
PowerShot SX10 IS which has built-in and well-integrated wide angle capability (35mm film equivalent: 28 mm
of focal length), whereas my first digital camera in 2003 did not have such built-in and well-integrated wide
angle capability and could get only a small piece of such fantastic panoramic view. The issues of using add-on
wide angle converter on that old camera are described on my web page at:
I toured Bryce Canyon National Park again on April 23, 2012. Therefore, this web page combines my photos
from my 3 trips in 2003, 2010 and 2012.
One of several chipmunks and birds that we saw in Bryce Canyon National Park.
One of several antelopes (i.e., Pronghorns) that we saw on our way along Scenic Byway 12 and Scenic
Highway 63 driving to Bryce Canyon National Park. Antelope is the fastest running animal in western
hemisphere. Its speed is only next to that of Cheetah in Africa. Better pictures of antelopes can be seen on my
Travelogue web page at:
Bryce Canyon National Park is in southwestern Utah, USA. The park entrance is about 2 miles south of the
junction of the Scenic Byway 12 and the Scenic Highway 63. At the junction of Scenic Byway 12 and Scenic
Highway 63, turn south on Highway 63 and go south for 2 miles to reach the entrance gate of Bryce Canyon
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Bryce Canyon National Park
Detailed park map is available at the following websites:
Red Canyon State Park is along Scenic Byway 12 in southwestern Utah and about 9 miles west of the junction
of Scenic Byway 12 and Scenic Highway 63.
Our 10-Day 2010 Tour Route of Southwest USA is a large loop starting and ending in Las Vegas in Nevada,
USA. The sequence of fantastic Point-Of-Interest (POIs) on this large loop is:
Las Vegas in Nevada --------> Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park in Utah ---------> Cedar Break National
Monument in Utah --------> Red Canyon State Park in Utah --------> Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
--------> Scenic Byway 12 through beautiful Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument in Utah --------> Scenic
Burr Trail and southern Part of Capital Reef National Park in Utah --------> Goblin Valley State Park in Utah
--------> Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah --------> Canyonland National Park in Utah ---------> Arches
National Park in Utah --------> Goosenecks State Park in Utah --------> Monument Valley in Arizona -------->
Antelope Canyons in Arizona --------> Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona -------->
Horseshoe Bend of Colorado River in Arizona ---------> Navajo Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona
Scenic Highway 89-ALT from east to west along beautiful Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona
--------> Grand Canyon - North Rim in Arizona --------> Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada --------->
Hemenway Park in Boulder City in Nevada ---------> Las Vegas in Nevada.
Part 3 of 11 entitled "Goosenecks and Monument Valley - Part 3 of 11 of 2010 Tour of fantastic Southwest
USA" is at:
The hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park are inside the giant natural amphitheaters, whereas the hoodoos
in the Red Canyon State Park are along the Scenic Byway 12. There are several pull-out parking areas along
Scenic Byway 12 for visitors to enjoy these fantastic views.
The spectacular view of Bryce Canyon National Park as viewed from the Sunset Point along the scenic drive in
this national park.
懸崖峭壁, 雄偉, 奇俊, 妖嬈 和 神奇的景觀, 引人無限的遐思.
Zoom in for closer views of many hoodoos in these giant natural amphitheater settings in Bryce Canyon
National Park. (My camera has built-in and well-integrated 20X optical zoom and is in the class of compact
super-zoom digital camera. 35mm film equivalent: 28 mm to 560 mm range of focal length.) There are many
tall, thin rock spires with very strange shapes and colors in Bryce Canyon National Park and they are called
“hoodoos”. These hoodoos range in size from that of an average human to heights exceeding a 10-story
building. The elevation of the rim in Bryce Canyon National Park varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet. These
hoodoos are formed by wind, water and ice erosion at such elevation.
The native Indian legend associated with these hoodoos goes like this: Once there lived animal-like creatures
that changed themselves into people. But they were bad, so Coyote turned them into rocks of various
configurations. The spellbound creatures still huddle together here with faces painted just as they were before
being turned to stones.
Some people are hiking on the trails down into the canyon to enjoy the deep-hued vivid colors of the massive
hoodoos from different perspectives, and to gain a different appreciation of the immense size and the glowing
colors of the rock formations. These hoodoos change colors as the sun plays over them at different times of
the day. A good collection of such beautiful views from the "Wall Street" trail into the base of those tall
hoodoos can be seen at the following web page:
Beautiful Pictures: Click here to see a good collection of fantastic pictures from the Wall Street Train into the
base of tall Hoodoos
These hoodoos are hundreds of feet tall. Walking at the base among these tall and pink hoodoos is almost like
walking in the narrow slot canyon of the famous and beautiful Antelope Canyon as shown on my Travelogue
web page at:
The optical mechanism that makes the pink color glows inside the Antelope Canyon is also working here at the
base among those tall and pink hoodoos. Therefore, the experience of beautiful and glowing pink color at the
base among these tall hoodoos is similar to that inside the spectacular Antelope Canyon.
However, at the high elevation of 8,000 to 9,000 feet in Bryce Canyon National Park, some hikers will be
gasping for breath of the thin air such that they may feel light-headed and nauseated. The hikers must be in
good physical shape and have appropriate footwear. The going down may be easy, but the coming back up
the steep trail can be a killer. At the parking lot of Inspiration Point, we saw an ambulance with flashing red
lights and several rangers who just rescued an hiker who was dehydrated in the canyon.
On the other hand, a friend couple who went down and enjoyed those beautiful views and glowing colors told
us that they were so busy enjoying the fantastic views and taking many pictures such that they forgot that it
was arduous to climb back up that steep trail.
Red Canyon State Park along Scenic Byway 12 in southwestern Utah, USA. It is only about 9 miles west of
Bryce Canyon National Park.
More views in the Red Canyon State Park
These hoodoos and their associated native Indian legend remind me of the fantasy stories of demons (妖怪) in
the Chinese classic novel "The Great Adventure To The West 西遊記". About 1500 years ago, a Chinese
Buddhist monk (玄奘法師, 唐三藏 ) took a very treacherous and long trip by foot from China to India to obtain
the Buddhist sutra (scriptures) from India. His treacherous trip went through many strange terrains along the
Silk Road in the desert in western China. The “Odyssey” of this Buddhist monk was dramatized by a very
skillful Chinese writer into the classic Chinese novel “The Great Adventure To The West 西遊記” by adding
many fantasies, including many demons challenging this Buddhist monk, to the original true story.
No wonder that one of several fantastic vantage points in Bryce Canyon National Park for viewing the colorful
hoodoos is named as Fairyland Point.
There are also several hiking trails for hikers to explore the Red Canyon State Park.
A grid work of deep ravines that divide turreted walls suggesting the ruins of an ancient metropolis. In the
narrow slot canyons among these giant hoodoos, the mix of shadows and deep-hued colors of hoodoos can
vary and become very brilliant and beautiful to enjoy. The reflected light from the surrounding sandstone
illuminates dark shadows and gives a glow in shades of pink, red, and orange or halo to the hoodoos .
I stitched 2 adjacent photos together taken from the Bryce Point to get an even broader panoramic view of the
giant natural amphitheater of hoodoos.
I also took a movie scan of the fantastic view at the Bryce Point as shown in the following YouTube website:
Note: At the parking lot for Bryce Point, visitors must walk on a trail that goes northeast for several hundred
feet in order to reach the Bryce Point (with steel guard rail and fence) jutting out and deep into the hoodoos
amphitheater to enjoy the breathtaking views.
To get a nice overview of Bryce Canyon National Park, drive the 18-mile main park road. On this paved route,
you will have many chances to stop and admire the views from various overlooks.
Three views from Fairyland Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.
A picture of me (Sing Lin) at Rainbow Point at the elevation of 9,115 Feet near the southern end of Bryce
Canyon National Park in our April 2003 trip.
How I use information age technologies to enhance my enjoyment greatly of sightseeing large driving tour
loop of thousands of miles and of one to two weeks in duration covering many Points of Interest is
described on my web page at: