Bryce Canyon in Utah stands alone among natural phenomena with its vibrant red rock structures and spires that are hundreds of feet tall. The horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters that make up the park provide stunning views of the hoodoos: unique geological formations shaped like oversized totem poles that are a result of frost weathering and erosion. While most visitors experience the scenic drive with access to 14 viewpoints along the way, Bryce Canyon’s magical beauty is best seen on foot. With eight marked trails, most of which can be hiked in less than a day, and two overnight hiking trails that require backcountry permits, there are plenty of areas to explore from within. For an elevated experience, opt to see the park on horseback for a day. Canyon Trail Rides offers a two-hour tour of the canyon floor and half-day expeditions with views of the Wall of Windows in the Peekaboo Loop and 1,600-year-old Bristlecone Pine trees. Since the canyon is especially enchanting in the early morning hours and at sunset, when it is bathed in golden light, lodge close by, such as at the reliable Bryce Canyon Resort Utah Hotel.
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