Bryce Canyon National Park

Oddly enough, Bryce Canyon – the focal point of Bryce Canyon National Park – is not a canyon at all. It’s a geological amphitheater surrounded by gigantic totem-pole shaped rocks called hoodoos (or fairy chimneys). The rich red and oranges of the rock combined with the sharp geometric shapes of these massive objects results in a visual delight that inspires unique and relatable imagery (ex: “Thor’s Hammer”)

The 38-mile Scenic Drive carves a (round-trip) route through the park with 13 amazing viewpoints, many of which double as hiking trailheads. Popular lookout points include Inspiration Point, Bryce Point, and Sunrise Point, offering some of the most breathtaking views in the United States.

Bryce Canyon National Park is located only 62 miles from Zion National Park, making it common practice to visit both of these parks in one trip.