The canyon is named after Ebenezer Bryce, the Mormon missionary who first settled here. Beyond this simple fact, descriptions become difficult. If the Grand Canyon amazes you with its scale, this “little gem” of a canyon defies words for a different reason. It is fantastic, in the very literal sense of the term. The term for the columns you see is “hoodoo” and here they cluster into town, villages, congregations of stone people. At one overlook several of us agreed that they looked at times like the terracotta Chinese “stone soldiers.” But rather than being man-made, these are natural and the ancestors of Paiutes believed that the gods had turned an ancient race of people to stone for some unknown transgression. Regardless, Bryce takes your breath away.
|The morning light makes some of these formations appear translucent|
|The green forests that dot the canyon add another color highlight|
|Erosion is what made this canyon and this is a striking example|