Bryce Canyon National Park

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The hoodoos of Bryce Point in Bryce National Park, Utah (Ray Mathis/courtesy, NPS)
Bryce Canyon National Park

Established: 1928
Acreage: 35,835
Average Yearly Visitors: 899,000
Location: South-central Utah, 87 miles east of Cedar City

Contact Details
Bryce Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 640201
Bryce Canyon, UT 84764-0201
Phone: 435-834-5322


  • Bryce is famous for its unique geology of red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters.
  • The Rim Trail gives you the view from the top. It extends along 5.5 miles of the rim from Fairyland to Bryce Points.
  • Most of the trails in the park interconnect, so you can hike to your heart's content. The trail map is given out on entry, or you can download it from the website.
  • Visibility at Bryce Canyon National Park can exceed 100 miles, thanks to the park's exceptional air quality, low humidity, and high elevation.

By Travel Expert: Bill Weir

  • To get a nice overview of Bryce Canyon National Park, drive the 18-mile main park road. On this paved route, you will have many chances to stop and admire the view from various overlooks. The main road takes you by Fairview Point, the Natural Bridge Arch, and Aqua Canyon. It ends at Rainbow and Yovimpa Points.
  • The hoodoos will invariably grab your attention first. These brown, red, orange, yellow, and white pinnacles of limestone, sandstone, and mudstone shoot toward the sky in fanciful formation. Closer inspection of the park reveals horseshoe-shape amphitheaters, and views of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Ponderosa pines, high-elevation meadows, and fir-spruce forests border the rim of this canyon on the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
  • Within the migration season from May to July is the best time to see a wide variety of birds. There have been more than 170 bird species identified in Bryce Canyon National Park. Pick up a birding list at the visitor center.
  • A half-mile south of the visitor center and near the Bryce Canyon Lodge, numerous trailheads, and the General Store is the North Campground. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, it is best to arrive early during May through September. One of the sections of this campground is open year-round.
  • Highway 12 Scenic Byway is one of the most picturesque stretches of road in the Southwest and possibly in the entire United States. Starting at the intersection of US 89 west of Bryce National Park, you will be going through Escalante, passing through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and onto Capitol Reef National Park.

By Travel Expert: Kim Lipker

Published: 23 Oct 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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