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Hoodoos and Light

Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park in southwestern Utah. The park contains Bryce Canyon, which is, despite its name, this is not actually a canyon. Rather, it’s a giant natural amphitheater. Here, wind, water, and ice erosion have formed distinctive geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange and white rocks provide spectacular views to visitors.

Because Bryce Canyon covers 2,000 ft (1,200 m) of elevation, the park exists in three distinct climatic zones. The first is the Paunsaugunt Plateau, made up of Douglas-fir and white fir, along with aspen and Engelmann spruce. Next, Ponderosa pine forests cover the mid-elevations. Here, blue spruce and Douglas-fir lie in water-rich areas, while manzanita and bitterbrush form the underbrush. The lowest areas of the park contain dwarf forests of pinyon pine and juniper, with manzanita, serviceberry, and antelope bitterbrush. Cottonwoods, water birch, and willow grow along streams in the lower elevation.

Bryce Canyon National Park has two campgrounds. Both lie in close proximity to the Visitor Center. Meanwhile, the park also offers backcountry camping. With a rim elevation between 8,000-9,100 feet (2,420-2,760 m), summer days are pleasant and nights are cool. Spring and fall weather varies. Average winter snowfall is 95″ (240 cm), providing cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. The park receives fewer visitors than the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, largely due to its remote location.

Photographers catch the best photos of this area from right before sunrise to 30 minutes after.  Especially attractive is the trail down to Wall Street and the Navajo Loop Trail. There, the visitor is surrounded by spectacular hoodoos, and mid-morning images can be captured using reflected light.

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