Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon consists of roughly 37,000 acres of attractive rock formations. The rim of the canyon varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level. The park is open 24 hours/365 days a year. Summer days are pleasant with temperatures in the 80’s and nights dipping down into the 40’s. Despite it’s name, it is not a canyon but a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion.

Most visitors enjoy sightseeing because of the scenic drive, which provides access to 13 viewpoints over the amphitheaters. The park has 8 maintained and marked hiking trails. Some of the other activities nearby include horseback riding, riding ATV’s, fishing, camping, and biking.

More than 400 native plant species live in the park and about 170 species of bird’s visit each year including swifts and swallows. There are 11 species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. Reptiles include the Great Basin Rattlesnake, Short Horned Lizard, Side-Blotched Lizard, Striped Whipsnake, and the Tiger Salamander.

The park has 7.4-magnitude night sky, making it one of the darkest in North America. Therefore, stargazers can see 7,500 stars with the naked eye. In most areas due to air pollution, fewer than 2000 stars are visible. The park ranger’s host public stargazing events and evening programs on astronomy, nocturnal animals, and night sky protection.