Inspiring. Surreal. Breathtaking. These are just some of the words that people have used to describe Bryce Canyon, Utah. Bryce Canyon is a National Park that encompasses almost 36,000 acres of Southwestern Utah.
Historians have indicated that people have lived in the Bryce Canyon area for over 10,000 years. The Paiute Indians are credited with calling the stone formations so prominent in the park “hoodoos,” or pinnacles. They are also credited with creating much of the mythology surrounding these hoodoos. These stories include the story of Coyote, being somewhat of a trickster, who turned the Legend People into these hoodoos.
When the Mormons came to Utah in the 1850’s, they eventually sent Ebenezer Bryce to the area. It was here he built a road, a canal and he began to raise cattle. When other settlers followed him, they began to refer to the area as “Bryce’s canyon”, which eventually became known as Bryce Canyon. Drought, flooding, and the ultimate over-grazing of the area led to those early settlers leaving the area along with the remaining Paiute Indians. Congress made the area a national park in 1928.
The real story though is its history of 5 million years of erosion that has that has created, and continues to create, a stunning display of natural formations.
What You Can Expect to See
Bryce Canyon offers visitors unforgettable views of natural rock formations that seem to rise out of the ground. Many who visit are spiritually moved by witnessing such creations, which seem to be around every corner.
There is so much to see here you will want to carefully plan your adventure. Bryce Amphitheater alone is worth taking a day to see. Formations here include:
- Thor’s Hammer
- Aquarias Plateau
- Silent City
- The Alligator
While you can see much of Bryce Canyon’s amazing beauty from strategically placed parking areas in the park, there are some incredible views that can be best seen by hiking through a variety of trails. This will give you a close up sense of the size and significance of each of these formations.
While there are multiple private RV camping options around the Bryce Canyon area, there are two within the park itself. There is the North Campground and the Sunset Campground. Both are close to the visitor center and to the Bryce Amphitheater. The North Campground has 13 RV sites available by reservation and another 86 RV and Tent Sites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sunset Campground does not have any RV sites that can be reserved in advance but it does have RV and Tent Sites that available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the summer these sites fill up by early afternoon.
Without bright lights or fanfare, Bryce Canyon offers up its natural beauty in impressive fashion. Sunsets can be extraordinary. It is an RV trip you and your family won’t soon forget.
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