Monday, October 3, 2022


Reopenings: Bryce Canyon Hoodoos never fail to intrigue

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

To the Piaute, they were the “Legend People.” Ages ago, men and women who acted offensively were punished for their misdeeds by being turned into stone, forced to stand for an eternity.

Later, when Europeans began traveling across the vastness of the country by steel rail, a railroad company brochure said this: “When lighted by the morning sun the gorgeous chasm is an immense bowl of lace and filigree work in stone, colored with the white of frost and the pinks of glowing embers. To those who have not forgotten the story books of childhood it suggests a playground for fairies. In another aspect it seems a smoldering inferno where goblins and demons might dwell among flames and embers.”

What are they? The spires that inspire – the “Hoodoos” of Bryce Canyon.

These most unusual rock formations are found throughout many areas of the Colorado Plateau, but an exceptional “collection,” if you will, is protected at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The park is “off the beaten track” but is a real “must-see” for those who are intrigued by the forces of nature that create such unusual formations.

With restrictions due to the coronavirus now relaxing, much of the park is now reopened. While RV camping is usually available here, as of May 2020 it was still on the “coming up” status. When camping is reopened, it’ll be an excellent place to leave your trailer when doing a sightseeing trip. Trailer towing is restricted in some of the better view points. Leave the trailer in camp and explore the weirdness of the park. We think the best time to view the Hoodoos is early in the morning or late evening, when the light plays tricks with shadows and deep color.



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Wayne Caldwell
2 years ago

We were there this time last year. Almost didn’t make it because 33 miles into Utah from Page, Arizona, a 200 lb deer committed suicide with the front of my truck and our Travel Trailer hanging on. Other than body damage, the only mechanical causality was the air conditioning condensor. We were able to continue our vacation to the absolutely stunning scenery in Bryce, (hiking down through the bottom), then over to Zion, and back home to just south of Albuquerque. $4500 damage plus 2 weeks rental car.

Richard Hubert
2 years ago

I am puzzled. Have also read that day visits are now allowed to Bryce N.P.. We were just there in the fall of 2018. Beautiful place, but also fairly remote. So if the N.P. campgrounds are not open for people to stay at – how do people manage to get there for just a day visit?? What’s the point??

And if you respond with – they stay at other local private parks & campgrounds – I would ask – then how and why can the private facilities remain open – but not the “public” ones?? Things just seem to be totally opposite of common sense these days.

This is true of many National and State Parks – located in very remote areas, and travelers need their facilities to stay overnight in if they are to visit. But virtually all have shut down all campgrounds. Especially since traveling in an RV I will maintain far more social distancing than if I had to stay in a motel. It is just sad to realize that many of our elected officials have no idea about the true RV lifestyle.

Ed Lacrouts
2 years ago

Wife and I were there in 2017 and took tour on horse back, mine was a mule named “Tin Man”, to the bottom of the canyon and it is truly unique and gorgeous.

2 years ago

Palo Duro Canyon (Amarillo TX) has hoodoos, too; the most popular of which is The Lighthouse. The canyon is the second largest in the USA.

Richard Davidson
2 years ago

One of our favorite places. I have a pic (can’t find it right now) that does look exactly like a lady in a dress. The place is amazing.

Charles Yaker
2 years ago

How is Brice off the beaten track? it’s on Utah 12 tThe Circle along with
Capital Reef
Kodachrome SP

Richard Izzi
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Yaker

For a lot of people the beaten track is a highway that has the designation beginning with the letter I followed by a couple of digits. For some of us the highways like Utah are the beaten tracks.

2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Yaker

It’s Bryce Canyon, not Brice.