Bryce Canyon National Park is situated in Garfield and Kane Counties in Utah, United
States. This majestic nature reserve of Bryce Canyon covers an area of 35,835
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in the
North- East of Utah state. It is one of the largest and most
beautiful natural reserves in the United States. In reality it is
not really a canyon, but a huge natural amphitheater carved by years
of erosion by wind and water. It left numerous sharp rocky peaks of
various shades ranging from pink to orange. Unlike other natural
parks in the area Bryce Canyon can be viewed in its entirety from
viewing platforms located at the top of the canyon. Many tourists
visit Bryce Canyon National Park along with visiting
Grand Canyon National
Zion National Park found in the area.
Bryce Canyon National Park was after one of its
earliest European settler, Mormon Ebenezer Bryze who settled here in
1875 on the top edge of the Bryce Canyon. In 1924 Bryce Canyon was
designated as a Natural Park. It covers a total area of 56 square
miles (145 sq km). The height of the edges ranges from 2,400 to
2,700 meters. The best time to visit Bryce Canyon and make great
pictures is at dawn or at sunset when sun rays create an
otherworldly appearance of this unique geologic formation.
Additionally there are numerous astronomical programs for kids and
adults alike. Authorities of Bryce Canyon National Park also hold
night hikes during the full moon.
How to get to Bryce Canyon National Park
The closes international airport in the close
proximity to Bryce Canyon National Park is in Las Vegas and Salt
Lake City (430 km away). Additionally Delta airlines make flights
from Salt Lake City to Cedar City, which is only 130 km away.
Another option might be United Airlines or Delta that can take you
to Saint George (200 km) from Salt Lake City or Los Angeles.
Climate in Bryce Canyon National Park
American South West is famous for its changing
weather and sudden drops of temperature as well as sudden and
devastating flash floods. The warmest months in Bryce Canyon
National Park is June and July. Air temperature reaches +30C. In
winter months between December and February the temperature might
drop to -15 C. Bryce Canyon National Park is open all year every
day. However, during winter months some of the roads might be closed
due to excessive snowfalls.
Fees and permits
Private, non-commercial vehicles must pay a $30
entrance fee that is good for 7 days. For individuals (applies to
motorcycles, bicyclists, or individuals traveling on foot) the fee
is $12 for 7 days. The entrance fee includes free and unlimited use
of the park shuttles during the summer.
There are several
passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or
individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at
national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover
standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at
lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of
Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including
Bryce Canyon National Park:
The $80 Annual Pass (valid for
twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone.
Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a
federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or
Military ID. U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over
can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in
person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for
$90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age.
This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park
amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass. U.S.
citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can
obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person
at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for
$10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and
permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent
discount on some park amenities. Individuals who have volunteered
250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the
Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass. 4th
graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry
for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to
the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private
non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park
website is required. In 2018 the National Park Service will offer
four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15
(Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week),
September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans