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Bryce Canyon National Park

The area's difficult topography led Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce, whose cattle grazed in the mazelike twists of the canyons' stream beds, to declare it “a hell of a place to lose a cow.” Bryce is not a true canyon but a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved in the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau by tributaries of the Paria River. A Native American name for the area translates as “red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon.”

General Information about Bryce Canyon National Park

The park is open all year. The main geological features of the park are easily seen from numerous roadside viewing areas. Note: Visitors are advised to avoid using Cottonwood Road to access the park; the road is dangerous and inclement weather may further impair driving conditions. Visitors can take a 37-mile round-trip on a road that follows the high rim to many major vantage points, such as Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, the Natural Bridge, Paria View, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and Rainbow Point, at the park's end. A free shuttle service with 13 designated stops is available throughout the park late May through September.

Hiking and horseback riding are among the park’s many fun things to do. Hiking trails descend below the rim, affording close views of colorful formations. Horseback tours provide another way of seeing the park's geology up close. The most brilliant hues in the park come alive with the rising and setting of the sun. Since the park is on an 8,000- to 9,000-foot plateau, hikers should allow for adjustment to the altitude. Camping is available in improved sites and backcountry areas throughout the park; for reservations phone the National Recreation Reservation System at (877) 444-6777, or TTY (877) 833-6777.



PETS are permitted in the park only if they are on a leash, crated or otherwise physically restricted at all times. Pets are not allowed on trails or viewpoints or in any of the public buildings.


ADDRESS inquiries to the Superintendent, Bryce Canyon National Park; phone (435) 834-5322. The superintendent's office is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30.

Points of Interest

Things to Do

Bryce Amphitheater

Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center

Park Road

Recreational Activities

Horseback Riding

Canyon Trail Rides

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