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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park - BEST Places to Picnic

PO Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764-0201

Phone
Visitor Information
(435) 834-5322
Campground Reservations from May 8 to Sep 27
(877) 444-6777

WELCOME to Bryce Canyon!

Make the most of your visit. Spend a week or spend a few hours. Bryce Canyon National Park offers something special for all ages of every interest. Consult the on-line Hiking Guide for help in picking the perfect trail. Take the Virtual Auto-tour for glimpses of Bryce Canyon's roadside grandeur.

Hopefully you will plan to stay overnight - will it be camping or lodging? Enjoy a ranger program or two: moonlit guided hike, telescope stargazing, an entertaining geology lesson, etc. Perhaps you would prefer a horseback ride? Use this section of our website to make the most of your Bryce Canyon visit.

With a short time to spend in the park:
Stop at the Visitor Center for information, exhibits, and a 22-minute award-winning film which plays on the hour and half-hour. Publications and maps are available for purchase through our Bryce Canyon Natural History Association Bookstore.

Drive to Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce viewpoints.

Hike a canyon trail or stroll along the rim. Check at the Visitor Center for current trail conditions.

Take in a ranger program. Current schedules of ranger activities can be found at the Visitor Center.

With one or more days to spend in the park (in addition to the above):
Drive to Rainbow Point (18 miles one way) and stop at the 13 viewpoints on your return trip. Check at the Visitor Center for current road conditions and closures.

Join us for a whole spectrum of ranger programs.

Take a wrangler-guided horseback or muleback ride on a 2 or 4-hour trip into the canyon.

In winter, snowshoe or cross-country ski the plateau top. Rental cross-country ski equipment and snowshoes are available outside the park.

History

Bryce Canyon is a small national park in southwestern Utah. Named after the Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon became a national park in 1924.

Bryce is famous for its worldly unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos." 

Tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name, these whimsically arranged rocks create a wondrous landscape of mazes, offering some of the most exciting and memorable walks and hikes imaginable.

Ponderosa pines, high elevation meadows, and fir-spruce forests border the rim of the plateau and abound with wildlife. This area boasts some of the world's best air quality, offering panoramic views of three states and approaching 200 miles of visibility. This, coupled with the lack of nearby large light sources, creates unparalleled opportunities for stargazing.

Picnic Area

  • Rainbow Point
  • Whiteman Connecting Trail

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