Monday, October 5, 2015

Bryce Canyon - An Area of Unique Geologic Features

Edward Abbott Ravenscroft is an avid traveler who enjoys visiting destinations throughout the Northwest, California, and Southwest. Many of Edward Abbott Ravenscroft’s favorite hiking trails are in locations such as Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Situated in southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon is a relatively small natural area that is named after early Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce.

Spanning 56 square miles, the park is most well-known for its geologic features and is not (contrary to its name) a canyon. Situated on the Paunsaugunt Plateau’s southern edge, a number of natural amphitheaters have been carved over the millennia by elements such as rainwater and frost wedging. Other distinctive features inhabit the limestone Claron Formation, including fins, slot canyons, and hoodoos, or natural spires. Abundant wildlife inhabits the region, including the endangered California condor and Utah prairie dog. The park also offers some of America’s most unspoiled atmospheric conditions and is ideal for star gazing.