Bryce Canyon National Park: A Sandstone Treasure

This week in Portland, Ore., flowers have been blooming, but last night we also experienced an unusual spring snow. It is this switch from freeze to thaw that helped form Bryce Canyon. Bryce’s brightly colored sandstone spires are spectacular and the reason this is my number one National Park to see before you die.  I loved observing the wildlife, especially the crows and squirrels, but the overlooks and trails are the true jewels of this park.

Bryce Canyon is, in the strictest sense of the word, UNIQUE – nowhere is anything else even similar!

What is Bryce Canyon? Attempts at description lead to paradoxes. Cave without a ceiling? Forest of stone? Even canyon is misleading since Bryce is carved by freeze-thaw cycles, not a river. Yet, “world’s largest pothole” is neither adequate nor flattering. Tour our Website. You’ll be enticed to visit Bryce in person. Once here, maybe you’ll agree with those who simply say, “Bryce is the Bryce!” BCNP

I just learned that the park will celebrate their third annual Geology Festival on July 27 & 28, 2012. Activities and programs for all ages will be available, and I am sure if you camp for a day or two you will be able to really explore. Although the parks in this region are remote, they are nearest the cities of Las Vegas, NV and Salt Lake City, UT, so flights from anywhere are priced fairly low.

It is a dream of mine to hike into the depths of this park someday, but this trip in 2007 wasn’t the one for that.

Plan your visit with the help of the National Park website by visiting Bryce Canyon

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