Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

About

This small national park located in the High Plateaus region of the Colorado Plateau in Utah, was named after the Mormon Pioneer, Ebenezer Bryce and became a national park in 1928. "Hoodoos", also known as tent rock, fairy chimneys, and earth pyramids, are tall, thin spire of rock that protrude from the bottom of an arid drainage can be found in Bryce Canyon. Bryce Canyon's uniqueness comes from the erosional force of frost wedging and dissolving rainwater which gives the rock its impressive color.

Known for the best air quality, panoramic views of three states, and the most breathtaking and exciting hikes, Bryce Canyon receives about 1.75 million visitors annually. With over 50 miles of hiking trails, two campgrounds and lodging facilities, moonlit guided hikes, telescope stargazing, and Geology Talks, the opportunities are endless!

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Geological Facts and History

The Geology Part

The ever-changing rocky area was once covered by sea, mountains, desert, and coastal plain. Bryce Canyon has been subjected to violent storms and severe changes over the passed million years. Due to sand, gravel, and sedimentary deposits that filled lakes within the Colorado Plateau, Hoodoos were able to form. The infamous Hoodoos, which Bryce Canyon is most known for, are approximately 60 million years old. The force of water responsible for the unique shapes that cover the Bryce Canyon area.

Water, ice and gravity are the forces at work in Bryce Canyon National Park. These three forces coupled with the differential erosion of the Claron Formation differs from any other area in the world.

The rock formations found at Bryce Canyon began to develop during the Cretaceous Period, around 144 million years ago. For approximately 60 million years ocean waters extended northwestward into this area, depositing a variety of sediment into the region. It wasn’t until the Tertiary Period, around 66 million years ago, that highlands to the west eroded into shallow, broad basins. This became the Claron Formation, which can be described as iron-rich limy sediments. These red colored rocks are those that the hoodoos are carved from.

The Cretaceous Seaway then made its way north from the Gulf of Mexico. Sediments began to deposit as the invaded the area, now known as the park’s lowest elevations right across from the Paria Valley.

Horizontal compression from the formation of the Rocky Mountains deformed the rocks that make up Bryce Canyon. Volcanic flows covering the area also had a huge impact on the structure.

“About 10 million years ago the Earth pulled apart, moving and tilting great blocks along north-south trending fault lines. Layers, once connected, were displaced vertically by several thousand feet, forming the High Plateaus of Utah.”

The History Part

The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who founded it in 1874. Surrounding are of Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and a National Park in 1928.

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Something for Everyone

Whether you plan on visiting us for four hours or four days, Bryce Canyon has something to that will make your time with us worthwhile.

Camping

North and Sunset Campgrounds located near the visitor center. Shuttle services available. Sites are limited to 10 people.

Ranger Guided Activities

Geology Talks, Kids Programs, and more! The fun never ends!

Hiking

Easy, moderate, and strenuous trails available for your preference. Pets are allowed only on paved trails and viewpoints, roads, campsites, and picnic areas.

Festivals

From geology festivals to prairie dog festivals, there' something everyone will enjoy!

Seasonal Activities

Winter hiking, Cross- Country Skiing, and the breathtaking Full Moon hike will be experiences you'll never forget.

Do you have less than four hours to spend with us? Not a problem. Drive to Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration, and Bryce viewpoints. These are the main attractions of Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Mailing Address:

P.O Box 640201 Bryce, UT 84764

Phone:

(435) 834-5322

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