Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Prime viewing times are around sunup and sundown.
Southwestern Utah is home to Bryce Canyon National Park, named after the Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, and it is a great fall road trip destination. A mere two-day drive away, the area boast some of the world’s best air quality, most interesting landscape, 200 miles of visibility, panoramic views of three states and incredible stargazing.
Horseshoe shaped amphitheaters have been carved into the side of the canyon by natural forces and millions of years of frost wedging and erosion from rainwater have carved bizarre shapes into the rocks as well as limestone towers called “hoodoos.” The national park also contains an impressive 100 species of birds, dozens of mammal species and more than a thousand different species of plant. Bryce Canyon is the perfect spot to explore and reflect.
The best trail ride is the half-day option, which takes riders down into the canyon and through breathtaking formations: Fairy Castle, Wall of Windows and the Alligator. For those who prefer self-guided tours, pick up a hiking guide and explore on your own or drive to Rainbow Point and visit the 13 viewpoints on the way back.