Utah Nature April 30, 2017
One Of The Oddest Geological Wonders Is Located Right Here In Utah
Whether you’ve ever been to Bryce Canyon National Park or not, the hoodoos here are unmistakable. They’re truly spectacular, and Utah’s most amazing geological wonder.
The amphitheater at Bryce Canyon National Park is full of rock formations called hoodoos.
Hoodoos are rock formations that can range from 5-150 feet tall. Unlike spires, they aren't the same circumference from top to bottom, and can be curvy.
The hoodoos here are made of Clarion Limestone, and they were formed from frost wedging.
Frost wedging occurs when melting snow seeps into cracks in the rock, then freezes, widening the crack. Over time, the freeze/thaw cycles break away parts of the rock, creating hoodoos.
There are three hoodoos in the park that are particularly popular. This is Thor's Hammer.
You can see "Queen Victoria," sitting on her horse here, if you use your imagination a bit.
This hoodoo is called "The Hunter."
One of the best ways to see the hoodoos up close is to hike Queen's Garden.
This trail drops you down into the amphitheater 320 feet. The trailhead starts at Sunrise Point.
Hoodoos can be quite delicate, and continue to erode up to 2-4 feet every 100 years.
Visit Bryce Canyon National Park soon to take a close look at these geological wonders.
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