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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Bryce Canyon National Park

Location: Garfield and Kane Counties, Utah   Map

Area: 35,835 acres

Closed: Jan 1, Thanksgiving, Dec 25

Visitor Center: mid- Apr- Jun: 8am- 6pm

Jun- Oct: 8am- 8pm

Oct- Apr: 8am- 4:30pm

Official site

 

Information Center

Open: 8am-8pm May- Sept

8am- 6pm Oct- Apr

8am- 4:30pm Nov- March

 

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 acres. 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 Park and 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 Day weekend).

 

 

 

 

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