Bryce Canyon is most famous for its colorful hoodoos, and there are more of these artfully eroded spires in the park than there are anywhere else on Earth. The area is not actually a canyon, however, but a series of amphitheaters which feature a variety of remarkable rock formations and extensive forests dominated with conifers, including ancient bristlecone pines. Together with Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks, Bryce Canyon is part of a geologic wonder known as the Grand Staircase, an immense area of rock with layered sedimentary formations ranging from 600 million to 2,000 million years old.

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