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Bryce Canyon National Park, Southwestern Utah
Named for Mormon pioneer and early settler Ebenezer Bryce, legend has it that the park’s name is derived from early references to “Bryce’s Canyon” (even after Ebenezer and his family had moved on). In reality, the park is not so much a canyon as it is a series of amphitheaters carved into a plateau.
The most memorable and Instagrammable features of Bryce Canyon National Park are the hoodoos, red rock columns carved by wind and water since the dawn of creation into pillars, natural bridges and fins. Get the best views from Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point and Sunrise Point. Hiking and horseback riding through this wonder-filled landscape are among the park’s most popular activities.
Bryce Canyon, one of the first national parks to offer astronomy programming, was designated an International Dark Sky Park in 2019 by the International Dark-Sky Association. The designation recognizes the exceptional quality of the park’s night skies. (Utah currently leads the U.S. with 15 Dark Sky Parks.) Stargazing from a patch of ground surrounded by the park’s surreal hoodoos will be time well spent.
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2019 edition of AAA World.