When it comes to unique geological formations, few things are so curious as the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. First settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s, the park’s namesake, Ebenezer Bryce, homesteaded along the lands adjacent to the canyon beginning in 1874. In 1923, the area became Bryce Canyon National Monument, and just 5 years later Congress made Bryce Canyon a national park.
Though its name suggests that the park is a canyon, the unique amphitheater formations that run along a 20-mile swath of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, were actually not formed by a stream or river, . Today, ice erosion is the primary force carving and shaping the landscape, made all-the-more quick by the average of 200 freeze cycles per year in the park. In fact, we first visited the park in 1995, and the famous Sentinel formation was then a substantial spire tapering to a thin neck. In 2015 we visited the park again, and Sentinel had transformed into a thin needle of stone. On our most recent visit in 2018, the formation had completely eroded away - proving how transient the hoodoo formations can be.
Wherever we find ourselves in the area, we make it a point to visit the fairyland that is Bryce Canyon National Park. It has been a wonderful experience to photograph the wonders of this area from atop and within its towering hoodoo formations. We hope you enjoy our fine art photography of this wonderful national park. Feel free to browse our generous collection of photos and shop for that perfect fine art print. Enjoy!
Photos from the red rock vistas and hoodoo formations of Bryce Canyon