Photo of the Week: Bryce Canyon

The sun rises in Bryce Canyon, casting dramatic light on the hoodoos, photographed by Chase Dekker.

The Photo of the Week is coming from the instantly recognizable Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. While this national park may be small, it easily packs more natural wonders within its borders than most other places. Bryce Canyon is known worldwide for having the largest collection of hoodoos, which are tall rock spires that rise out of the landscape. Bryce Canyon is actually not a canyon at all, but more of an amphitheater where one can either visit one of the viewpoints and gaze down upon the hoodoos or explore even further by hiking through them. I made a visit here during my recent trip through the southwest while photographing some of America’s most stunning landscapes and natural wonders. Of course, Bryce Canyon fit well right into those criteria.

We arrived at the park mid-afternoon and visited a few of the famous viewpoints including Sunrise and Sunset Points. Bryce Canyon faces east and since it is down in the amphitheater, does not get much of a sunset. I knew this would be a good time to do some scouting and decide where the best location for sunrise was going to be. It sounds counteri