Sep 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

A Senior Bucket List Destination

This is on my “bucket list.” I have always wanted to see Bryce Canyon in person. It is, in the strictest sense of the word, UNIQUE – nowhere is anything else even similar! This national park is located in southwestern Utah in the United States. Seniors, did you know that, despite its name, Bryce Canyon is not a canyon but a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by wind, water, and ice erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet. David Attenborough brings us amazing video of Bryce Canyon with an emphasis on history. Just like the Grand Canyon, it is always special to get a view from the rim.

There are more than 400 native plant species in the park. Most senior visitors sightsee using the scenic drive, which provides access to 13 viewpoints over the amphitheaters. Bryce Canyon has eight marked and maintained hiking trails that can be hiked in less than a day.

Erosion Brings Amazing Beauty To Senior Visitors

Bryce Canyon National Park is named for just one of many canyons which form a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters in southern Utah. Erosion has delicately carved brilliantly colorful Claron limestones into thousands of spires, fins, arches and mazes. Millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs at Bryce.

Bryce Canyon National Park is named for pioneer Ebenezer Bryce who came to the Paria Valley with his family in 1875. He was sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because his skill as a carpenter would be useful in settling this area. Bryce built a road to the plateau top to retrieve firewood and timber.

Do check out these travel tips before you enter the park.  You will not be lacking for things to do with golfing, museums, four wheel drive tours, shopping and hiking. Check out these awesome photos with the beautiful red rocks everywhere. How about a good mule ride through the canyon. I sure hope that you like red rocks and hoodos. jeb

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  1. […] Utah Highway 12 Bookended by two national parks — Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef — Highway 12 cuts through 124 miles of dramatic Southwestern red-rock scenery. […]

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