Bryce Canyon, Utah: A Forest of Stone

Odd shaped pillars of rock, as far as the eye can see. A beautiful landscape canvas in Utah, painted by the forces of erosion. Bryce Canyon National Park is the perfect destination for that scenic hike you have always dreamt of taking.

Sorbet-colored sand pillars spike up toward the sky, throwing their shadows on slanting valleys that gracefully pierce through the National Park’s landscape.

While southern Utah’s smallest national park, Bryce is incredibly satisfying to any visual appetite out there. Steep trails, lines, and the wind, forming a maze of dagger like pillars that majestically decorate the valleys between the high-mountain deserts plateaus that make up most of the park’s landscape.

The proof is in the pudding

Bryce Canyon-Sorbet-colored, sand pillars spike up towards the sky. (Photo: Jenny Wu for the Vision Times)

Bryce Canyon’s odd shaped pillars of rock, as far as the eye can see. (Photo: Jenny Wu for Vision Times)

The sandy surrounding leaves a dreamy, yet cold and sober impression. Don’t get me wrong, cold in no way reflects the weather at Bryce Canyon, which is usually around 79°F  throughout July.

Due to the high altitude, the temperature is cooler than at other Utah parks. The park’s visitor numbers peak between May and September. If you like moderate weather, you can visit the park between June and September, but if you are a fan of the interplay of elements, expect thunderstorms and mosquitoes during the months of July to August.

If you think the clay-looking stone formations look magical during the day, then just wait for sunset, when the entire horizon is set ablaze by the interplay of the setting orb and the national park’s skyline.

Can’t go without hiking

You can't visit Bryce Canyon without going on a hike. (Photo: Jenny Wu for the Vision Times)

You can’t visit Bryce Canyon without going on a hike. (Photo: Jenny Wu for Vision Times)

While you could spend your days or nights just fine at the two campgrounds or at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, you don’t want to miss taking your sense of adventure for a spin on one of the mesmerizing trails the Utah national park has to offer.

But even if you’re more of a history buff, you could spend your mornings horseback riding and your afternoons attending the geology talk, offered all year round, learning how Bryce Canyon was formed.

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