Nineteenth-century settler Ebenezer Bryce called the area of southwestern Utah that now lies within the confines of Bryce Canyon National Park “a hell of a place to lose a cow.”1 2 That colorful language well describes Bryce Canyon’s maze of colorful limestone spires, which are known to geologists as “hoodoos.”3
According to scientists, rain and frost have carved out the rock formations over time, but Native Americans had a more creative explanation. They believed the spires were originally animals that were changed to stone by a spirit named Coyote.
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- Bryce Canyon National Park. National Geographic Travel & Cultures. Accessed 14 Nov. 2012.
- Uhler, John William. Bryce Canyon National Park Location Guide. Bryce Canyon National Park. Accessed 14 Nov. 2012.
- Bryce Canyon National Park. National Park Service. 19 Aug. 2012. Accessed 14 Nov. 2012.