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Snow-capped hoodoos of the Eocene-age Pink Member of the Claron Formation glow in the evening sun. These hoodoos were sculpted by the effects of weathering and erosion from ice and rain. Learn more about how hoodoos are formed.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Garfield County. Photo by Trevor Schlossnagle.






BRYCE, Utah – Bryce Canyon National Park will hold the 10th Annual Geology Festival July 15-16, 2016. This year’s theme is “Exploring the Eocene Epoch: Dawn of Modern Mammals”, which is the time when the rocks of Bryce Canyon were forming. Join guest speaker, Dr. L. Greer Price of the New Mexico Geological Survey as he presents “Earth Sciences for the 21st Century: Where we’ve been and where we’re going”.



Have you ever seen a living dinosaur? You might be surprised. If dinosaurs were ‘cold-blooded’ would you expect to find a dinosaur skeleton in Antarctica? Have you ever wondered how the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon formed?



Garfield County
Photographer: Michael Vanden Berg

Windows form within the Tertiary-age Claron Formation as wind and water erode the brightly colored sandstone and siltstone into fins and hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park. Thor’s Hammer, the official icon of the Utah Geological Survey, is visible in the lower-right corner.


Bryce Canyon National Park will celebrate its geology July 30-31 with a “Geology Festival.”

The Geology Festival will offer daily ranger-guided walks and talks in the canyon and on the rim, children’s activities on geology, guided bus tours through the park and illustrated programs. Click here for a list of these activities.

Known for its colorful and oddly shaped rock spires called hoodoos, the area was establish

ed as a national park in 1928. Each year more than a million visitors from all over the world come to the park to marvel at its beautiful scenery and delicate formations.

To learn more about the park’s geology and the event, go to http://www.nps.gov/brca/