Bryce Canyon is famous for its unique geology. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving effect of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into unusual shapes that include windows, slot canyons, fins, and spires called hoodoos. The name given to the rock layer that forms hoodoos at Bryce Canyon is the Claron Formation. This layer has several rock types including siltstones and mudstones but is predominantly limestone. 30 to 40 million years ago this rock was born in an ancient lake that covered much of Western Utah.
There are more than 1.5 million visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park each year. Visitors participate in many activities at Bryce Canyon, and a favorite is horseback riding. An unforgettable way to explore Bryce Canyon National Park is by horseback. Bryce Canyon National Park has 4.5 miles of horse and foot trails created by The National Park Service in 1931. These trails are still used today. Bryce Canyon is an array of natural bowls or amphitheaters which is filled with unevenly eroded spires of rocks called hoodoos. Bryce Canyon National Park has the largest number of hoodoos on earth.
The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce Canyon National Park is an alpine forest and has as many red rock hoodoos as it does trees. The alpine habitat is the home to dozens of birds and species of mammals. Bryce Canyon National Park is much smaller, and sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).
Bryce Canyon is very unique, as it is not one individual canyon. In Bryce Canyon National Park you will experience breathtaking views. There are four main viewpoints in Bryce Canyon National Park, all within the first few miles of the park. The viewpoints are Inspiration Point, Sunrise Point , Bryce Point, and Sunset Point. You can find other viewpoints as you travel the park’s 18-mile main road. Experience Bryce Canyon’s abundant western history. Traveling by horseback was one time heavily relied upon.
Bryce Canyon National Park lies within the Colorado Plateau geographic province of North America and straddles the southeastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau west of the Paunsaugunt Fault (Paunsaugunt is Paiute for "home of the beaver"). Park visitors arrive from the plateau part of the park and look over the plateau's edge toward a valley containing the fault and the Paria River just beyond it (Paria is Paiute for "muddy or elk water"). The edge of the Kaiparowits Plateau bounds the opposite side of the valley.
Horseback is a great way to tour places like Bryce Canyon National Park. A male horse is called a Stallion, and a female horse is called a Mare. A young female horse is called a filly, and a young male horse is called a Colt. Did you know that it is very unusual to see all the horses in the same field lying down at once? This is because one animal always stands on look out to be able to alert the others to any danger. Horse’s have close to 360 degree all around vision. The only place that they cannot see is directly behind them. Horseback riding is an enjoyable experience for people of all ages. Whether you are a beginner, or you’re advanced, our tour guides will lead you on a wonderful ride.
Great place and amazing views! We did the horse trail ride, Via Ferreta and the combo ATV ride . They were all amazing ! Our guide for the ATV was Mikey, super awesome guy, great with kids and he really was a part of our amazing experience. Collin and Carson were also our guides for the trail ride and Via Ferreta, both were so friendly and knowledgeable. You won’t regret booking with them ! ❤️Thanks for the awesome time!
Bryce Canyon Horseback Ride Tour
Saddle up for a relaxing horseback ride near Kanab through the exclusive and breathtaking Cave Lakes Canyon. Horseback rides through green pastures amid 100 ft tall red sandstone walls towering on either side. Explore hidden lakes and lush meadows for a serene horse trail riding experience in one of Kanab's most coveted canyon destinations. The best canyon horseback trail rides in Zion, Bryce Canyon and Kanab.
Cave Lakes Canyon length is 2.5 miles curving into a low plateau between Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Located near Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park and The Grand Canyon.
Duration: 1.5 Hour
Group Sizes: 10
Ages: 8 and up
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