• Utah
  • Established September 15, 1928
  • 56 square miles

Language can only go so far, and when it comes to the formations at Bryce Canyon, it stutters. The indigenous people who first lived in the area now known as Bryce Canyon called the worn sandstone/mudstone/limestone formations “red rocks standing like men.” These mystical rock formations are officially known in English as hoodoos, and they resemble fingers, stacks of rings, pinnacles, spires, and fins. And that’s just speaking of their shape. Their color is in a whole other dimension of experience. Bright oranges, bold yellows, reds that mimic sunset. To linger in Bryce Canyon is to linger in mystery. Weaving and flying around the stunning landscape of Bryce Canyon are prairie dogs, 160 bird species, and mule deer, among other animals. In spring and early summer, wildflowers give the stone contrast.

Bryce Canyon is relatively small, as national parks go, and it’s not really a canyon at all. It’s a plateau full of amphitheaters carved out of the high land of the Paunsaugunt Plateau that is part of the much larger Colorado Plateau. It’s possible to drive through all of Bryce Canyon National Park in three hours, but the landscape calls travelers to slow down, immerse themselves, really see and listen.

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Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the parks that National Parks Revealed knows best. We can match you with private guides who can give you the inside scoop on the marvel-inducing geology, take you on little-known paths, and even give you a go at rock-climbing in the area. We know the best places to stay and to eat, and will create an itinerary where you get just the right balance of adventure and relaxation. National Parks Revealed recommends combining a trip to Bryce with trips to Zion National Park and possibly the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyonlands, or other wonders of the American southwest. As always, we will arrange for luxurious accommodations in the area.