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Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, National Park, Southern, Utah, Sunrise, Red Rock

Bryce Canyon National Park

Characterized by its thousands of pillars, columns, windows, and hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park has been carved over millions of years of erosion by wind, sand, snow, and ice.see more »

Bryce Canyon National Park

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The Bryce Canyon Experience:

They call it Hoodoo Country. It sounds like "voodoo" for reasons you'll have to see to believe. It all translates into a newfound respect for Mother Nature. Bryce Canyon National Park's view from 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) is unlike any else in the world. The park is a series of natural amphitheaters with its distinctive red rock pillars of stone carved into pink cliffs of the majestic Paunsaugunt Plateau. Whether you find the canyon floor on foot or on horseback, or stick to the overlooks by car, you'll find Bryce Canyon's brilliantly colored landforms will defy description and find a home among your most enduring memories. Get up early for sunrise and after sunset, stay up for the stars. Visit during a full moon and sign up early for a free guided moonlight hike, or experience the brilliant Dark Skies in solitude and let the universe absorb you back into the infinite.

Hike Bryce Canyon National Park

Read about two family-friendly hikes in Bryce Canyon

Navajo Loop Trail Bryce Canyon

And get ideas for great family hikes at all of Utah's Mighty 5® national parks.

Adventures at a Glance:

The otherworldly beauty of this Mighty 5® national park is the backdrop for incredible hiking, camping, horseback riding and even bicycle riding on the paved road. Mountain biking trails can be found throughout the park's adjacent mountains, canyons and meadows.

There's incredible fishing (with license) at nearby Panguitch Lake and an abundance of wildlife viewing throughout the area, from some unique birding opportunities to majestic bighorn sheep.*

A network of established off-road trails in the adjacent Dixie National Forest will offer unique views into Bryce Canyon from the comfort of an ATV. 

8 Unforgettable Discoveries in Bryce Canyon

1. Hike into Mythology

Some indigenous people believed the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon are humans turned into stone. What's your theory?...

2. See the Sun Set & Stay Up for the Stars

The setting sun is only the beginning of evening splendor in Bryce Canyon. Breathtaking night skies reveal the universe.... see more »

3. Brush up on Your Geology

Park information will tell you about the eons of erosion. Water did this? You'll have to reread it to believe it....

4. Study an Ecosystem

The plant and wildlife of Bryce Canyon survive on limited resources. Fortunately the view is extra nourishing....

5. See Thor's Hammer in Person

Leave it to the Asgardians to conceive of such a theatrical weapon. No arguing its effectiveness, both in battle and in landscapes....

6. Dance With the Shadows

The play of light off hoodoos at sunrise and sunset inspires many emotions. Let it inspire you to dance....

7. Clear Some Room on Your Memory Card

Whether professional photographer or smartphonetographer, you'll want to take plenty of snaps....

8. Race to the Bottom

(But hike carefully.) It's a totally different experience on the canyon floor. Prepare for a new perspective on things....

Bryce Canyon Weather and Climate:

Bryce Canyon combines mountain and desert climates into some unique weather patterns. High altitudes mean sunscreen, hats, long sleeves and extra water. Summer visitation peaks during July's "monsoon" season where afternoon lightning and flash floods are interspersed with generally dry, warm weather with 70 F to low 80 F averages (20 to 27 C) in the summer, with significant nighttime dips into the 40s or 30s F (8 to 2 C). November through March are the coldest months, with daytime temperatures peaking at 46 F (8 C) in November and 36 (2 C) in January, with nighttime temperatures dropping well below freezing (4 to 14 F/ -13 to -2 C). Learn more about Utah's weather and climate.

Bryce Canyon Lodging and Camping:

Reserve your Bryce Canyon campsite right away! There is plenty of area lodging too, from economy-style motels to luxury hotels. Ruby's Inn is the closest lodge to the canyon rim and offers private access to the national park but you can also set up camp in the surrounding Dixie National Forest or Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, or find welcoming accommodations in gateway towns along Scenic Byway 12, from Panguitch to Torrey. You can even stay at a working Old West dude ranch in Antimony as part of your complete outdoor adventure at Bryce Canyon. Area camping: Inside the parkOutside the parkBLM LandsCommercial/RV, State Parks

Logistics and Drive Time:

Located 24 miles southeast of the town of Panguitch, the park is open year-round, and is a four-hour drive from either Las Vegas or Salt Lake City.

Bryce Canyon in Detail:

Millions of years of wind, water, and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the surreal landscape, carving from the landscape the park's iconic delicate rock sculptures, as much as 10-stories tall. The most brilliant colors of the park come alive with the rising and setting of the sun, and the show continues into the night with the Bryce Canyon's brilliant "Dark Skies." Bryce Canyon's high desert elevation means somewhat cooler temperatures than the rest of The Mighty 5® national parks of Southern Utah, but still reaching into the 80s F (27 C) in July. Expect significantly cooler nights. Summertime offers myriad walking and hiking trails along the rim and toward the bottom of the canyon. Many visitors think it's even better seen by horseback. During the winter months, the area is popular with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts. The 37-mile scenic drive will also access key overlooks and vistas, such as Sunrise, Sunset, Rainbow, Yovimpa and Inspiration Points. The visitor center is open year-round. Bryce Canyon Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, is open April through November. Bryce Canyon is perfect for both auto tourists looking for short walks to overlooks and for backcountry hikers seeking adventure or solitude.

Size:

35,835 acres (56.2 square miles, 145 square kilometers). You can stick to the road, try a few short hikes or disappear for a couple of days into Bryce Canyon's backcountry.

Park history:

Named for late-19th-century homesteader Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon was established as a national park in 1928. Evidence of hunting and gathering in the area by indigenous tribes such as the Paiute culture dates back several hundred years, if not longer.

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Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon, UT 84717
(435) 834-5322
www.nps.gov/brca

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