spires, fins and water-carved walls greet the visitor to Bryce
Canyon National Park, which began as Utah National Park in 1924
and was renamed in 1928.
Erosion on the edge
of Paunsaugunt Plateau formed the canyon and strange yet
beautiful formations were created. Nowhere else is the effect of
erosion more startlingly apparent than Bryce Canyon.
While Zion National
Park is experienced from the bottom up, at Bryce, you are the
top looking down into a basin of strange shapes and forms with
names such as Alley Oop and Dinny, Thor's Hammer and Queen
Nearly 50 miles of
trail invite a longer hike or an overnight backpack.
Thirteen overlooks provide an opportunity to stretch your legs
and snap some photos. Horseback rides and ranger lead walks,
talks and campfire programs are available throughout the summer.
In the winter, activities include cross-country skiing. Bryce is
cool even in the summer because of its higher elevation;
however, as you hike the trails into the canyon below, bring
water and wear long sleeves to avoid dehydration and sunburn.
available at Bryce Canyon Lodge and park campgrounds from late
spring through early fall.