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Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah in the United States
Contained within the park is fantastic Bryce Canyon | Visitor Information

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Despite its name, Bryce is not actually a canyon, but rather a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Water, ice, and gravity are the forces that form Bryce Canyon for many millions of years.

Bryce Canyon is famous for its geological structures, called "Hoodoos" most of which have sharp edges and jagged tops. Each Hoodoo is formed for a long period of time from the four different types of rock: limestone, siltstone, dolomite, and mudstone.

  • Hoodoo - a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.
  • Hoodoo - to cast a spell.

The Paiute Indians that were living throughout the area explain the colorful Hoodoos as "Legend People" who were turned to stone by Coyote.

The Bryce area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874.

The canyon is accessible from a few points in the park, and hike to the bottom of Bryce is neither challenging nor it is lengthy. The red, orange and white colors of the rocks, along with shapes of Hoodoo towers and their setting provide spectacular views to visitors.

Bryce Canyon amphitheater consists of thousands upon thousands of rock columns, pinnacles, and spires, some of which are joined together to form walls and fins, all covered in stucco painted with a great variety of colors and hues of red.

Fantastic shapes of statues and towers, whole cities of strange, gothic-like castles are seen everywhere in Bryce Canyon, wonderfully accessible to stroll by through a maze of trails on the bottom of the amphitheater. [ Bryce Canyon Visual Tour ]

Bryce Canyon is at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2400 to 2700 m).


Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon


Bryce Canyon


Bryce Canyon Visitor Information

Rates & Fees*

Permits $12.00  Single Person Entry
Entry into Bryce Canyon National Park by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle for 7 days.

$25.00  Single Vehicle Entry
Valid at Bryce Canyon National Park for 7 days.

$30.00 Bryce Canyon National Park Annual Pass
Valid at Bryce Canyon National Park for 1 year from month of purchase.

(Note: information may be not to date)

Seasons / Hours

The park is open 24 hours a day all year. There may be temporary road closures during and shortly after winter snow storms until plowing is completed and conditions are safe for visitor traffic. Road maintenance may require brief closures of individual areas at other times.


Best Western Ruby's Inn On Hwy 63, 1 mile from the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park is the closest accommodations to Bryce Canyon National Park and it's been there for almost 90 years, providing quality guest services and friendly western hospitality for visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park. The Best Western Ruby's Inn features two restaurants: Canyon Diner and Piccadilly Pizza, and Cowboy's Buffet and Steak Room.


The park has two developed campgrounds: North and Sunset Campgrounds, both very near the visitor center at 8,000-foot elevation. Together, they have 218 sites and are available on a first come, first served basis. The fee is $15 per site per night*. There is a limit of 10 people, 3 tents, and 2 vehicles per site. Sites fill by early afternoon during the summer months. There are no hook-ups, but water, flush toilets, tables, stoves, and phones are available. One group site is available by reservation only.

(Note: information may be not to date)

Park Back Country Camping

  • Under-the-Rim Trail extends 22 miles from Bryce Point to Rainbow Point and has eight backcountry campsites.
  • Riggs Spring Loop Trail (8.8 miles round-trip) from Rainbow Point has four backcountry sites.

A $5 permit is required for overnight back country camping. Permits must be obtained in person at the park visitor center. No reservations are accepted. Arrive in time to obtain a permit and reach your back country destination before dark.

Additional Camping

Private, Utah State Parks, and U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are located throughout the area. King Creek Campground on Tropic Lake is just west of the Park.


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