Stitched shot of Bryce Canyon from Sunrise Point. Copyright © Frank Kovalchek. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Bryce Canyon National Park encompasses 56 square miles of otherworldly features in southwestern Utah.  The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon which, despite its name, 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 high elevation of 8,000 to 9,000 feet and receives relatively few visitors due to its remote location.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Frank Kovalchek)

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