Located south in the majestic, sprawling state of Utah, the Bryce Canyon National Park is a beautiful wonderland of pink cliffs, red rocks, and spire-shaped rock formations. Overlooking the Sunset Point, Sunrise Point, Bryce Point, and the Fairyland Canyon – the Bryce Canyon National Park is a picturesque and breathtakingly beautiful national park.
Regarded as a national heritage site, the park is brimming with adventurous trails, hiking paths, and canyons. The entire stretch of the landscape is a treat for the eyes with its solid rock formations, crimson-colored hoodoos, and the majestic Bryce amphitheater.
The Bryce Canyon National Park was established on 25 February 1928. The park has been named after Ebenezer Bryce, who inhab- ited the area in 1874. The park is famous for the Bryce Canyon, which was previously an accommodation for the Mormon pioneers in the region back in the 1850s. In 1923, it was officially declared as a national monument that needed protection and preservation by President Warren G. Harding. In 1928, Congress voted for the area to become open for the public, changing the status to “Bryce Canyon National Park”.
This beautiful rocky park can be admired throughout the year. However, May-September is the most popular season for families, solo travelers, and tourists from all over the world.
The time from May to September offers the perfect weather to enjoy long hikes, sunsets, and night-time stargazing. It also yields a lot of ranger activities, which will definitely be the highlight of your event. However, you can also visit the area between October and April. These months receive fewer crowds, offering you and your family a good time to enjoy all the attractions without any hassles. With a cooler temperature throughout the day, fewer people, and the impressive fall foliage, you can certainly visit the park towards the end of the month. However, because the park is located at a high elevation, the seasons can change dramatically. Oftentimes, summers and winters can get really extreme in the Bryce Canyon, making the hike unbearable during the day. To avoid any unfore- seen weather activities, make sure to check the forecasts before planning your trip.
Although the park is open 24/7 all-year round, the time from October to May causes the regulatory bodies to close some roads, visitor facilities, and campgrounds. Since the park has plenty of elevated, rocky formations, they do this to ensure maximum safety of the tourists and avoid any unpleasant accidents.
Just like every other park in America, Bryce Canyon National Park also has a Visitor Center, which is a popular first-stop during the trip. The center offers informational guides on the topography and geology of the rocky formations, along with hiking and driving directions for the visitors.
You can also get weather forecasts, Park Ranger guided programs, and informational booklets from here. The Visitor Center is open every day of the year except Christmas. You can visit anytime between 8 am to 8 pm during summers and 8 am to 4:30 pm during winters. With that said, let’s move on to the intriguing history and geology of this amazing park.