One of the most stunning natural spectacles on earth, Bryce Canyon makes an extraordinary getaway for those seeking a picturesque setting, fresh air, and an escape from the crowds so common at other nearby national parks such as Zion and Grand Canyon.
Bryce Canyon is a series of natural, horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters exhibiting colorful spires, known as hoodoos, as well as fins and windows. Carved by millions of years of wind and water, the park’s natural formations come in all shapes and sizes and many different hues. Visitors can choose to view the park’s panoramic vistas in numerous ways – by strolling along the rim, by horseback, by hiking into the inner canyon on one of the park’s trails, by traversing the park’s 18-mile scenic drive that provides 14 different viewpoints or by boarding a scenic flight through a local tour company. During the winter, a blanket of snow provides cross-country skiers and snowshoes a completely new perspective on Bryce Canyon’s breathtaking red rock displays.
Ranging in elevation from 8,000 to 9,000 feet, Bryce Canyon National Park exhibits great ecological diversity, from pinion pine and juniper forests at its lower elevations to fir and spruce forests at its higher climes. The park is home to dozens of mammals, over 100 species of birds and more than 1,000 plant species. Due to its higher altitude, the park boasts cooler temperatures than the surrounding large cities. Summer temperatures typically hover in the 80s. Bryce Canyon also features excellent air quality, unparalleled visibility (more than 100 miles), and an extremely clear night sky that is perfect for stargazing.