Bryce Canyon National Park is located in south-west Utah and is famous for its unique hoodoo rock formations that attract over a million visitors per year. Hoodoos are columns of rock that have been carved by differential erosion to take on unusual and eccentric shapes. They are often very colorful and can take on a mix of red, orange, and yellow hues. Although the park is called a canyon, it is actually a series of natural horsehoe-shaped amphitheatres carved into the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The elevation varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet and it is much higher than both Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. The park is named after Ebenezer Bryce, a Mormon Pioneer, who settled in the area in the late 19th century.