Bryce Canyon National Park

Geologically, Bryce Canyon National Park is part of what is known as "The Grand Staircase". This enormous sequence of rock stretches all the way from Bryce Canyon, through Zion National Park and into the Grand Canyon. The Grand Staircase preserves more of Earth's history in its layers of sedimentary rock than any other place on Earth.

Ice and rainwater shaped the richly colored limestone "hoodoos", arches, fins and walls that make Bryce Canyon such an amazing landscape. The "Canyon" isn't really a canyon at all as it was not formed by running water, rather weathering and erosion by freezing, and thawing, and slightly acidic rainwater slowly dissolving the limestone.

—Ann Froschauer

If You Go

A hike along the canyon rim provides an interesting look at the different types of features carved into the limestone. A hike down into the canyon is like entering a different world, and is well worth the steep climb back out.

—Ann Froschauer

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Threats

Today, Bryce Canyon natural resources are in good condition. Air quality in the park is generally excellent; scenic vistas can stretch for up to 200 miles. The park's dark, starry nights are renown. Park staff keep non-native species in check, and have successfully reintroduced federally-threatened Utah prairie dogs.

Overall condition of Bryce Canyon's cultural resources is another matter. In a 2005 park assessment, NPCA rated these as in "poor" condition. Due to funding shortfalls, staff is limited and the park's archive and museum collection, including old furnishings; historic structures including an old Standard Oil service station; archaeological sites that date back thousands of years; and other treasures need greater protection.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Mace

October 2, 2013

this is awesome. I live in utah so i personally prefer you visit it.

Jaz

June 28, 2013

We agree this is a "MUST SEE". This was a second trip for some in our family, we went to takes our kids to see this magnificent wonder. Move over Grand Canyon this park is beautiful. We only had an hour this trip but even seeing the views from the top takes your breath away. Our kids can't wait to go back when we have time to explore even more. I personally love Bryce over the Grand Canyon. Each has it's own uniqueness but the colors of Bryce are so brilliant and outstanding compared to the Grand Canyon.

Will

September 19, 2012

Bryce is a "must see" if you are anywhere near it. It is so incredibly different, it looks like something Disney built. Make sure you hike the combination of Navajo/Peekaboo Trails, although take plenty of water and make sure you are physically able - parts of it are strenuous - but well worth the views.

Pinky#1

April 23, 2012

As a youngster in grade school in Kansas I saw an article in a Weekly Reader about Byrce Canyon that totally intrigued me. From that time on I had a dream of going there to see the beauty and in 2005 on a family trip to the Southwest with children and grandchildren in tow, that dream was fulfilled. I was not disappointed in my dream! It was awesome! Some of our group hiked down into the canyon and took incredible pictures. I will never forget the tranquility I felt in the presence of God in Bryce Canyon.

boog

March 22, 2012

I thought it was the best part of our "Going West Tour"!! We (my family)had hiked a lot in that park and I tell you it was the place that Gods work was on display!! God was walking with us there!! We will go back again!!

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