Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah
A Mystical Sandstone Playground in Utah's High Red Desert
Whether enjoying the views and amenities at our motel, RV park, or one of our cozy cabins, you are only minutes from the incredible vistas of Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Ancient History Meets Unmatched Geology
Famous for its unique geology of red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, Bryce offers the visitor a "Far View" from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah.
Bryce Canyon National Park is a scientist's laboratory and a child's playground. Because Bryce transcends 2000 feet (650 m) of elevation, the park exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest. This diversity of habitat provides for high biodiversity. Here at Bryce, you can enjoy over 100 species of birds, dozens of mammals, and more than a thousand plant species.
It is the uniqueness of the rocks that caused Bryce Canyon to be designated as a national park. These famous spires, called "hoodoos," are formed when ice and rainwater wear away the weak limestone that makes up the Claron Formation. However, the hoodoos' geologic story is also closely tied to the rest of the Grand Staircase region and the Cedar and Black Mountains volcanic complex. In short, Bryce has enough fascinating geology to fill a textbook.
With a rim elevation between 8,000 to 9,100 feet, summer days are pleasant (80's) and nights are cool (40's). Afternoon thundershowers are common during mid to late summer. Spring and Fall weather is highly variable with days of snow or days with strong sun and 70 degrees. Cold winter days are offset by high altitude sun and dry climate. Winter nights are sub-freezing. March is Bryce Canyon's snowiest month, but snow can occur October through April. Average snowfall is 95 inches, providing crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. The high altitude sun can burn in any season. We recommend hats and sunscreen all year. Layered clothing is also good preparation for the plateau's temperature extremes and frequent strong winds.
Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Info
For more Bryce Canyon National Park information and other southern Utah area attractions, see:
Bryce Canyon National Park website http://www.nps.gov/brca
Kane County Office of Tourism http://www.kaneutah.com/article.cfm?&cat=40&art=6