Images and Article by Sierra Zaccagnino Pennsylvania
In today’s world, not many people take the time to visit or even learn about some of our Earth’s natural lands. A great way to view our planet’s unrefined beauty is by going to national parks, which can be found all over America. Some of my personal favorite parks happen to be out West, more specifically in Utah.
If you ever hear someone mention Utah, not much probably comes to mind. A lot of the more mid-western states tend to be easily forgotten in the minds of those Americans who live in big cities or suburbs on the coasts. But for those who have traveled to Utah or surrounding states, they know and have experienced the untouched grounds that showcase Earth’s fascinating formations.
Bryce Canyon National Park is found in Southern Utah and had a total of about 2.6 million visitors over the course of last year. It is typically distinguished by its spire-shaped rock formations that are referred to as “hoodoos”. Although hoodoos are seen in other parts of the world, they are the most abundant in Bryce Canyon. They are extremely old; approximately thirty to forty million years ago they were created in an ancient lake in Utah. But what makes these formations even more interesting is their crimson color. This color creates a vast field of red and orange hues and allows Bryce Canyon to sometimes be referred to as “Mars on Earth”. With my teen tour, I was able to hike over eight miles through Bryce Canyon! Although it was a lot of hard work, I am so glad I made it all the way through. The beginning of our hike was filled with winding and narrow paths through strange formations and hoodoos, while the end of our hike contained more of an upward trek through ancient cliffs and steep hills. It was probably some of the greatest exercise I had ever completed at a national park, and also some of the most amazing photographic and scenic points I have ever seen!