Bryce Canyon National Park lies in the southwestern portion of Utah, and takes its name from a series of huge nature-sculpted amphitheaters hugging the Paunsaugunt Plateau's eastern edge. The defining features of the park are "hoodoos," which are rocky, finger-like protrusions formed by the erosion of cold weather and the movements of river and lake bed sedimentation. Bryce became a National Park nearly a century ago, and covers nearly 36,000 acres of fairly remote, but absolutely trek-worthy land.
An annual Astronomy Festival occurs each summer (usually in June) to celebrate Bryce's breathtaking evening skies. Two campgrounds, Sunset and North, are near the park's primary visitor center, and feature restrooms with functional plumbing and clean drinking water, as well as coin-op laundry and shower facilities in the adjoining general store. Horse and mule rides are available from spring through fall, in two- or four-hour durations, along trails exclusively for passengers and their mounts.
The entrance fee is $25, but does not include additional fees for camping. The entrance fee is waived on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Presidents Day Weekend, the First Weekend of National Park Week, the National Park Service's Birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (late September), and Veteran's Day.
Best time to visit
The park is open year-round, but for the facilities schedule, click here.
Near by POI
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