Sarah So and Patrick Chiang | Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

At Bryce Canyon National Park, erosion has shaped colorful limestones, sandstones, and mudstones into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles, and mazes. Collectively called "hoodoos", these colorful and whimsical formations stand in horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters along the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in Southern Utah. Hoodoos are tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and "broken" lands. Walls or fins are narrow walls of rock, bound by joints or fractures on either side.

From Sunset Point Lookout I hiked down the Navajo Loop Trail to the bottom of the canyon.

Min/Max height: 7479/8000ft, 2279/2438m, climbing and descending 550ft/167m.

Total distance 1.3miles / 2.16km.

The Navajo Loop Trail descends from Sunset Point through the slot canyon of Wall Street, where a 450-year-old Douglas fir reaches upward toward the sunlight at the top of the canyon.