Utah Photos: Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, and Brian Head

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The small resort town of Brian Head, Utah, offers prime mountain biking at higher elevations than the rest of the state—meaning you can grind your gears mid-July in temperate climes.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Resting on the top of the Colorado Plateau, the expansive vista of nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument echoes eons of wind- and water-borne evolution best witnessed at sunrise and sunset.  
Credit: Cedar Breaks Lodge 
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The hoodoos—narrow columns of sandstone—are Bryce's signature geographical feature, formed over the eons from acid rain and cycles of freezing and thawing known as frost wedging.  
Credit: Ray Mathis/NPS 
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Thor's Hammer (center) is arguable the park's signature formation, as evidenced by this sunset shot. But hike into one of the 14 hoodoo-choked park amphitheaters and you'll likely discover your own personal favorite.  
Credit: courtesy, Ray Mathis/NPS 
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The aptly-named Hat Shop, one of the first formations on the 23-mile backcountry Under the Rim Trail, hosts a series of limestone rocks precariously perched atop narrow spires like derbies on display.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Most of the nearly 1 million annual visitors stick to the car-accessible overlooks, leaving Bryce's backcountry practically empty, even at peak season, as witnessed by this campsite off the Below the Rim Trail.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Winter brings a different face—and a mellower vibe—to 36,000-acre Bryce National Park, as snow blankets its red sandstone rock formations.  
Credit: Ron Warner/NPS 
 
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