General Information

Gravely path with spires in the background

Bryce Canyon is located in the southwestern part of Utah. It is close to Zion National Park and is somewhat close to Capital Reef National Park. The park encompasses a canyon that features hoodoos - rock formations as pictured here. There is a story that explains that the hoodoos are really animals frozen into rock

The park is a nice place to visit for scenic drives with pullouts, and there are many opportunities for hiking. There is also horseback riding in the canyon. In the winter, there is cross country skiing. I have visited the park during different seasons and find it to be cooler than many of the surrounding parks.

Most of the hiking is all down hill going into the canyon, which means that in order to get out, the trail may be very steep and up hill. Even when hiking in the canyon, the trail rises and falls and winds in and out around the fantastic rock formations. Becuae of the high altitude (8000-9000 ft), it is important to bring warm clothing to slip on when the temperature begins to drop in the evening. We hope to get back there again to hike more of these wonderful trails. I am mostly interested in the Under-the-Rim Trail - 23 miles from Bryce Point to Rainbow Point with eight back country campsites. We could spend days in the canyon!

Places to Eat

During the busy season, you can eat at the Bryce Canyon Lodge in the park from April to October. The lodge closes for the winter, though the park remains open. Red Canyon Indian Store has a small grocery section and a deli, as well as rocks and souvenirs. It is a good place to stop for gas and restrooms, too. it is about 17 miles outside of the park.

The Weather

Monthly Historical Averages

High (F)353842516273797668584436
Low (F)?11162331394644362718?
Precipitation (in)1.161.351.570.951.020.571.512.201.691.201.201.14

Phone Numbers and Addresses

Bryce Canyon 435 834-5322 P.O. Box 170001
Bryce Canyon, Utah 84717-0001
Canyon Trail Rides
(Horseback Riding)
435 679-8665
435 834-5500
P.O. Box 128
Tropic, UT 84776
Red Canyon Indian Store 435 676-2690 P.O.Box 717
Panguitch, UT 84759

Other Area Attractions

Zion National Park About 85 miles south west of Bryce 435-772-3256
Red Canyon About 20 - 30 miles outside of Bryce