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Bryce Canyon, The Jewel of Utah

September 3, 2012

The rocky mountains of Southwestern Utah is a vacationer's dream. Check out the scenery from the beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park in part one of our three part slide show...

  • The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon which, despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
  • The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors.
  • The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).
  •  The edge of the Kaiparowits Plateau bounds the opposite side of the valley.
  •  The area around Bryce Canyon became a U.S. National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a national park in 1928.
  • The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874.
  • The area around Bryce Canyon became a U.S. National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a national park in 1928.
  •  White Cliffs can be seen...
  •  Headward erosion has excavated large amphitheater-shaped features in the Cenozoic-aged rocks of the Paunsagunt Plateau.[
  •  A series of amphitheaters extends more than 20 miles (32 km) north-to-south within the park...
  • Yearly temperatures vary from an average minimum of 9 F (13 C) in January to an average maximum of 83 F (28 C) in July
  • The forests and meadows of Bryce Canyon provide the habitat to support diverse animal life..
  • Erosion of sedimentary rocks has created natural arches....
  •  erosion exposed delicate and colorful pinnacles called hoodoos that are up to 200 feet (61 m) high.
  • Paunsagunt is Paiute for home of the beaver...

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