Bryce Canyon National Park

When thinking of national parks, we are often drawn to the largest of parks that are found throughout North America, but size is not all that matters when it comes to these wonderful and protected areas of landscapes. Among the smallest national parks is Bryce Canyon National Park.

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It was founded in the southern part of Utah and named a national park in 1928. The size should never turn you off from visiting because Bryce Canyon National Park has some pretty amazing sites that make it a true jewel in the crown of national parks.

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When to go

May – June – July – August – September – October

Bryce Canyon National Park Activities

Geological Formations – Archaeological Sites – Family – Hiking – Stunning Vistas – Scenic Drives – Horseback Riding – Bird-Watching – Winter Sports – History – Day Trip

Hoodoos

That is quite an odd name and you may not have heard it before, but a hoodoo is a rock formation that is formed through erosion from freezing water thawing within the cracks of the rock. The wind can further the erosion leaving these particularly odd rock formations all over the ground. People often do not get to see such forms from natural carvings with the exception of walking through a cave, but Bryce National Park has the largest concentration of hoodoos in the world. Bryce. Taking a stroll through the hoodoos of the park give visitors the chance to have a very unique experience with the amazing shadows that they cast throughout the canyon floors as the sun moves across the sky.

More Stars Than You Can Count

One of the most famous activities within Bryce Canyon National Park is stargazing. If you are lucky enough to be visiting during the month of June, you will be able to enjoy the Annual Astronomy Festival that celebrates the stars in the sky. There are many places that you can get a clear view of the night sky and see some stars, but a clear night in Bryce Canyon National Park gives visitors the opportunity to see a true blanket of stars that is unmatched by any star gazing experience you have ever had the ability to see. The reason for such clear night views is the lack of unnatural forms of light that can hinder the ability to really see into the heavens. Bryce Canyon National Park is far away from the city lights and therefore you can see all the night sky has to offer.

A Geological Wonder

Geologists throughout the world have been known to study the amazing features that Yellowstone National Park has to offer, but they also know Bryce Canyon National Park as a geological wonder as well. Sunset Point is a particular favorite of anyone who loves the world of geology. It was once home to Lake Claron which is no longer there today, but was once a thriving fresh water lake that enriched the area. Upon drying up the mineral deposits of iron oxide have created a sea of color stretching the length of the lake bed. Vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows make Sunset Point an amazing place to enjoy the sunset or enjoy some bird watching throughout the day.

Mossy Cave

If you are visiting Bryce Canyon National Park during the summer you are going to want to find a nice cool place to hang out and in such a dry desert climate, that can be difficult, but thankfully, Mormon pioneers of long ago were thinking ahead. They labored for two years between 1890 and 1892 to bring fresh water to the town surrounding the area through irrigation. The manmade trench is now known as Mossy Cave and still provides much needed water to surrounding areas. The Tropic Ditch is the name given to the actual trench dug by the pioneers and this beautiful oasis is a welcomed treat when looking to beat the Utah heat.

What You Need to Know

Bryce Canyon National Park is open to the public throughout the year with the exception of Christmas Day. The fees involved for entry are $30 per passenger vehicle, $25 for motorcycles, and $15 per guest arriving on non-motorized forms of transportation. The best investment to make into the park however is the annual pass. It is only $35 and guarantees you entry throughout the year.

Camping in Bryce National Park is always a treat so make sure that you make your reservations for either North or Sunset campgrounds in advance. The fees for camping are $30 for an RV or $20 for primitive tent camping sites. Group camping is dependent upon how many people will be within the group and starts at $55 for a group of 7 to 10 people and goes all the way up to $100 for a group of 26 to 30 people. If you truly want to get away from it all, backcountry camping is available within Bryce Canyon National Park as well for a fee of $5 per person 16 years of age or older. You do need a permit for this form of camping and those permits are given out on a first com first serve basis, so arrive early to be certain to receive one.


Download a Bryce Canyon National Park Map

Planning a Bryce Canyon National Park? Be sure to download the official Bryce Canyon National Park map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Bryce Canyon National Park. This free Bryce Canyon National Park map shows park roads, attractions, and more.


Average High/Low Temperatures
JanFebMarAprMayJune
39/1539/1745/2354/2964/3772/45
JulAugSeptOctNovDec
80/5380/5070/4258/3245/2336/15

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