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Bryce Canyon National Park — Photo Collection

Bryce Canyon is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful National Parks.

Not actually a canyon but a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters famous for eroded red limestone hoodoos, castles and other unique geology with contrasting green forests, Bryce Canyon is on the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in Utah.
Short spur roads branch off Highway 63 to half a dozen viewpoints while pullouts along the road provide parking and access to several more.
A paved rim trail along much of the most popular section and numerous well graded trails below the rim allow you to explore the park. I’ve included photos from the Queen’s Garden Trail and the Navajo Loop Trail.
If you visit Bryce Canyon NP you may want to have some binoculars to enjoy distant details. You will find panoramic images, normal angle and telephoto images below.

Bryce Canyon — Amphitheater

Photos from viewpoints in the most visited section — closest to the Visitors Center.

Sunrise Point

As you would expect, early morning is the best time to visit Sunrise Point to avoid crowds and for best light.

Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon NP

One reason for the popularity of this view point is the many varieties of hoodoos and castles on display.

Sunrise Point - looking north - Bryce Canyon NP

Vegetation in the amphitheater is sparse, clinging to the ever eroding landscape.

Tree at top of Queen's Garden Trail at Sunrise Point

Queen’s Garden Trail

The photo above was shot at the beginning of the Queen’s Garden Trail, at Sunrise Point.
The photo below is of the hoodoo that some imagine as Queen Victoria overlooking her subjects.

Queen's Garden Trail namesake

The Queen’s Garden Trail is one of the most accessible below the rim at Bryce Canyon.

Along the Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park

One view along the Queen’s Garden Trail.

Queen's Garden Trail view, Bryce Canyon NP

Navajo Loop Trail

The Navajo Loop Trail also takes you down into the amphitheater passing through a narrow slot known as “Wall Street.”

Navajo Loop Trail switchbacks into Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

Like NYC’s Wall Street, sunlight may not reach the floor many days of the year.

Wall Street on the Navajo Loop Trail at Bryce Canyon

Looking up at hoodoos from the Navajo Loop Trail.

View from the Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon NP

Sunset Point

By combining the Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop Trails you can travel from Sunset to Sunrise Points over 2.9 miles.
You could also opt to make the trip on the Rim Trail over 0.5 miles on level ground skipping the 580 foot descent/ascent.

Sunset Point view north, Bryce Canyon NP

The shot above is from Sunset Point looking left/north and the view below is to the right/south.

Sunset Point view south Bryce Canyon NP

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point is 0.7 miles south of Sunset Point on the Rim Trail. in this panoramic view “Silent City” is to the left.

Inspiration Point panorama Bryce Canyon NP

 

Farview Point

Several miles south a spur road to Farview Point reveals the panorama depicted below.

Farview Point panorama Bryce Canyon NP

From Farview Point it is possible to glimpse the Kaibab Plateau at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

View from Farview Pt, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

One of many natural arches (lower edge of the above photo) at Bryce Canyon. The most famous is at the next stop.

A natural bridge at Farview Point, Bryce Canyon NP

 

Natural Bridge

Arches like this one at Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon are in constant risk of destruction from the continuing force of erosion.

Close up Natural Bridge, arch at Bryce Canyon NP

This wider shot of the arch is from a slightly different angle.

Natural Bridge wide shot

Ponderosa Point

Although their size—some more than 5 feet in diameter and 150 feet tall—is not obvious from above,
Ponderosa Pines on the canyon floor give Ponderosa Canyon its name.
At Ponderosa Point’s higher elevation Blue Spruce, Douglas-fir and White fir are more common.

Ponderosa Point, Bryce Canyon National Park view north

Ponderosa Point, view north above and south below.

Ponderosa Point view south

A telephoto shot of a section of the above scene to see hoodoo details.

Ponderosa Point Bryce Canyon National park telephoto shot

Black Birch Canyon

Black Birch Canyon is the last pullout on Highway 63 before reaching the end.

Black Birch Canyon hoodoos

Black Birch Canyon view to the north above and south below with Rainbow Point beyond.

Black Birch Canyon view south to Rainbow Point

 

Rainbow Point

Rainbow Point is at the end of the road and the highest elevation providing a great view to the north of Bryce Canyon NP.

Rainbow Point view north Bryce Canyon National Park

A telephoto shot of some of the hoodoos and caves in the above photo.

Rainbow Point hoodoo telephoto shot

A view south from Rainbow Point.

Rainbow Point, Bryce Canyon NP view south

 

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