Hoodoos

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Hoodoo – a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.  At Bryce Canyon National Park erosion forms an array of fantastic shapes called hoodoos. Geologists say that 10 million years ago forces with the earth created and then moved the massive blocks known as the Table Cliff and Paunsaugunt plateaus. Ancient rivers carved the top and exposed the edge of these blocks, removing some layers and sculpting formations in others.

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The one way in and one way out park road gently climbs from 7758 to 9115 feet and follows the canyon plateau for 18 miles.  There are about 15 overlooks and we stopped at all as this time of year there are very few people and it was always easy to park.  Technically, vehicles over 25 feet long are not allowed to drive the road and starting in May of each year there are shuttles busses to the overlooks. 

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According to a sign at this overlook, Natural Bridge is misnamed as it is technically an arch.  Natural bridges are carved by rushing streams, whereas subtler forms of weather carved this opening.

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There are 50 miles of hiking trails leading down from the overlooks so getting a close-up look at the hoodoos is possible. 


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