The hoodoo's are rock pillars shaped by erosion. And there are hoodoo's all over the planet but this is the largest collection of hoodoo's in the world.
The basics: There are 18 viewpoints in total in Bryce Canyon. A shuttle bus will take you to all the viewpoints in a loop - but it is not required (though it may be in future, like Zion) Your first stop should, as always, be at the Visitor Center where you can learn all you need to know about the park. Sunrise and sunset are prime viewing times as the golden light off the hoodoos is supposed to be amazing. And the park is open 24 hours so you can stay past sunset or arrive before sunrise.
Since Bryce Canyon is one of The Mighty Five in Utah, we expected large crowds. So we went with a unique approach to the viewpoints - we started at 18 and worked our way the opposite of most visitors, back to one. So the largest viewpoint of hoodoo's was our last viewpoint. We were there on a very cold May day - in fact, we had snowflakes on our visit.
Trying to catch a snowflake
One of the most popular viewpoints is Natural Bridge - which is actually an arch. The arch is in danger of collapse, as the hoodoos are, because of the constant forces of erosion.
Unfortunately, there was a snowstorm happening in Colorado and my son and his girlfriend had to drive through it to get back home. So we visited the viewpoints and then sent them on their way. No hiking for us this time. But there are several hikes to do in the park - including the famous trail on Wall Street which takes you down into the hoodoo's - definitely doing that next time!
Can you see the people hiking on the path below?
Bryce Canyon is definitely one of those national parks with plenty of Wow! factor. Expect large crowds - maybe plan your visit off-season if you can.( I think it would look awesome in snow!) And plan to do some hiking amongst the hoodoo's. I plan to next time.
Have you been to Bryce Canyon? Did you hike there?
This post is part of a link-up with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute, The Weekly Postcard at Travel Notes and Beyond and Weekend Wanderlust at A Brit and A Southerner!