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Located in southwestern Utah at elevations from 7,900 to 9,100 feet, Bryce Canyon is really an amphitheater hollowed out of the Pink Cliffs, the top of the Grand Staircase that drops down to the Grand Canyon in steps that can be seen from space.
There is no way to "picture" the park in any absolute terms. For example, it snowed two days before our visit and the combination of snow, light, and shadows cast by the clouds made a constantly-changing landscape. Probably the most spectacular scene in the park, and its signature, are the hoodoos which present a maze of blind canyons and ravines (a hoodoo is a section of the cliff that has eroded into a shaped column). The section named Wall Street is shown here.
Again, because I was on a bus tour only certain parts of the park could be seen. These centered on the north end of the park in an area known as the main amphitheater. This consists of a large cutout in the cliffs with several viewpoints.
Wildlife at the park is abundant. In our short visit we saw deer and various birds; and this was with snow on the ground so most of the animals were smarter than the humans by being under shelter. This cougar did not quite make it, but can be seen at Ruby's Lodge just before the park entrance.
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