Bryce Canyon National Park, 35,835 acres (14,513 hectares), SW Utah; est. 1924. The Pink Cliffs of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, c.2,000 ft (610 m) high, were formed by water, frost, and wind action on alternate strata of softer and harder limestone; the result is colorful and unique erosional forms arrange in giant natural amphitheaters, with miniature cities, cathedrals, and spires. (Despite its name, Bryce is not a canyon.) The Basket Makers were probably the first Native Americans to inhabit the area, and many of their artifacts are exhibited. See National Parks and Monuments (table)national parks and monuments (table).
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