Bryce Canyon National Park: Bryce Point

IMG_8625

Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T! 

IMG_8620

Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for its rock formations called hoodoos, spires of red rock rising from the canyon floor. Not actually a canyon, Bryce is an amphitheater filled with a maze of hoodoos. We didn’t have enough time to do this beautiful park justice, so we got a great overview with Canyon Trail Rides,then headed to a couple of the lookout points around the park.

IMG_8619

Since we had no luck finding parking at Sunset Point, we headed to the southernmost point on the rim, Bryce Point. While more remote, the lot is smaller, so we still had to circle here for a bit before finding a spot.
IMG_8618
The elevation at Bryce Point is 8300 feet, so the vantage from the end of the paved path to the observation platform provides spectacular views in all directions. There is a steep loop trail beginning here called Peek-a-boo Loop which takes hikers past some of the park’s main formations. Bryce point is also known for its Sunrises…all good reasons to return someday.
IMG_8636
Bryce Point and the park itself are named for Ebenezer Bryce, a Mormon pioneer who traveled west with Brigham Young and settled the canyon in 1870. He only lived in the canyon for five years but it became known as Bryce’s Canyon.
IMG_8631
Bryce Canyon Posts:

IMG_8629

Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, UT-63, Bryce, UT 84764

Designation: National Park

Date established/designated: 2/25/1928

Date of my visit: 4/12/2017

 

IMG_8627

This short You Tube Clip from Aaron’s Travel Adventures gives a good overview of the parking lot and observation platform at Bryce Point. The lot was more crowded when we were there.