After I left Denver, I made the long drive to southern Utah (about 9 hours) and spent a day in Bryce Canyon National Park. You can easily see Bryce Canyon in a day. The drive through the park is about 2-3 hours depending on the time of year with stopping at scenic viewpoints all along the way.
The park is particularly known for the vast number of Hoodoos, the tall, oddly shaped spires within the canyon. The formation of these Hoodoos began 50 million years ago. Once a flood plain, water drained into this basin bringing a variety of different minerals, causing the array of colors seen.
The vast temperature changes within a single nightfall are responsible for the shape. Rain gets between cracks in the rocks, freezes, and causes expansion. The frequency of this over time has contributed to the large arches and severe chasms between the hoodoos. Overtime, the shifting of tectonic plates brought this from near sea level to an elevation of 9,115 feet. 📍Land of the Paiute, Fremont, & Anasazi people