I have had Love Me Like a Rock stuck in my head for days. I know the song is really Who Do? not Hoodoo, but ever since I heard about hoodoos, it’s been on my mind. Hoodoos aren’t found very many places, but there is a huge cache of them at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Bryce Canyon is made almost entirely of limestone, it has the same colors of many of the other red rock canyons that are typically sandstone or granite, but the rocks are limestone here. There are thousands of spires on the canyon floor that rise straight up and usually have a knob on the top. These are called hoodoos. No where are they more prevalent than in Bryce.
Our National Parks are a great resource for all of us to enjoy. I find the easiest and least expensive way to enjoy them is with an Annual Pass. For the price of $80, you can enjoy admission in to any National Park for free. We’ve certainly gotten our monies worth, just going to Glacier, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon and Zion covered that cost. When you add in the Petrified Forest, Arches, and Canyonlands, we’ve come out way ahead. And, if you don’t already have a pass, plan a visit over Veteran’s Day weekend where the entrance fee at all parks is FREE.
Some of the National Parks are free, but they get you with “concessions.” Like, Mount Rushmore, you can go to the Mountain for free, but you have to pay for parking; or the St. Louis Arch, admission in to the bottom of the arch and the museum is free, to get to the top costs you. Your annual pass won’t take care of either of those costs. But still, well worth the money spent.
I think it’s much easier for those of us in the mountainous west to enjoy the parks system, we have so many great parks available within a days’ drive of most anywhere. If you get the chance this year, now is the time to go, the crowds are down, the weather still good and the sights are gorgeous. I love National Parks.