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Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Bryce Canyon National Park is an American national park located in southwestern Utah. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce Canyon National Park is much smaller, and sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies 8,000 to 9,000 feet.

The park covers 35,835 acres (55.992 sq mi) and receives substantially fewer visitors than Zion National Park (nearly 4.3 million in 2016) or Grand Canyon National Park (nearly 6 million in 2016), largely due to Bryce's more remote location.

Some of the unique wildlife you'll find in Bryce Canyon Country are Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, pronghorn, the Utah prairie dog, North American porcupine, Uintah chipmunk, Green Basin rattlesnake, common sage lizard and short-horned lizard.

Of all the national park’s we have visited, this one I would rank at the top of the must-visit list. The trails are phenomenal and take you down into the canyon abd up-close and personal with the hoodoo.

Things to Do and See:

Encounter hoodoo royalty on Queen‘a Garden Loop

Blaze the Navajo Trail

Awaken to daybreak at Sunrise Point

See the sunset at Sunset Point

Visit the Peek-A-Boo Loop

See the glory of Inspiration Point

Wander through Wall Street

Visit Fairyland Loop

Look at hoodoo heaven from Rainbow Point

See the tower at Thor‘s Hammer


Unless you plan on some overnight backpacking and camping, pack light. Plenty of water


Contact Information:

Highway 63

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce, UT84764

Phone: (435) 834-5322

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