Bryce Canyon National Park
|Bryce Canyon National Park|
|Location||Garfield County and Kane County, Utah, United States|
|Nearest city||Tropic, Panguitch|
|Area||35,835 acres (14,502 ha)|
|Established||September 15, 1928|
|Visitors||1,296,000 (in 2011)|
|Governing body||National Park Service|
Despite its name, this is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is known for its hoodoos. The hoodoos are badlands formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks.
The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce is much higher than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).