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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wild West Adventure Day 7, Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon, Utah. 

Hoodoo Alert! Hoodoo Alert! We've landed on Mars and we're surrounded by hoodoos. When we first came upon Bryce Canyon in southern Utah, it looked like something from outer space. For millions of years, the forces of nature have worn away ancient boulders and mountains and sculpted them into strange and stunning rock castles, spires, mazes and weird formations called "hoodoos".

Viewing the hoodoos is like an out-of-body experience. The surreal looking, gigantic rock shapes resemble freaky creatures from a lost world. The term "hoodoo" is reportedly a Paiute Indian name loosely translated to mean: Red rocks standing like men in a giant bowl." And that's exactly what they look like. Geologists believe that Bryce Canyon began at the same time dinosaurs were becoming extinct. It is considered one of the world's greatest geologic masterpieces. While all of the national parks in Utah are amazing, if you can see only one, I'd recommend Bryce Canyon. It's phenomenal!

Jagged hoodoo spires of rock form a small arched window.
Ancient "hoodoo" soldiers all in a row.
Bryce Canyon with snow-capped mountains in background.
World famous hoodoos. Notice how they tower over the giant evergreens.
Happy Hoodoos populate the canyon.
Ancient rock ampitheatre.
Tall, crazy hoodoo formations seen from above.
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Lo said...

I am gasping. so damned beautiful.
Great photos. Thanks.

ChrisJ said...

Fascinating formations!

Susan Anderson said...

Just plain awe-inspiring!


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