Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but instead a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874. One of the most well-known features of Bryce Canyon is the many hoodoos, said by the local Paiute Indians to be the indigenous Ancient Legend People who were turned to stone after displeasing one of their gods, Coyote, saying, “You can see their faces with paint on them just as they were before they became rocks. The name of that place is Angka-ku-wass-a-wits (red painted faces). This the story the people tell.”
As part of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial, Dowdle Folk Art encourages you to learn more about Bryce National Park.