Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Location:Located on Scenic Byway 12 and U-63
Bryce, UT

Bryce National Park is a monument of time and weathering. Called Bryce Canyon, it is not really a canyon at all, but a majestic amphitheater of Pink Cliffs. Bryce is best described by the Paiute Indians who called the Pink Cliffs, "Red rocks standing like men".

General Information

Bryce Canyon ArchBryce Canyon National Park is named for one of a series of horse-shoe amphitheaters carved in the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. You will see uniquely arranged formations tinted with colors too numerous and subtle to name. Erosion has shaped the many types of limestone and sandstone into thousands of spires, pinnacles, and mazes. Bryce Canyon has some of the nation's best air quality, which allows you to see for 120 miles. The park's Ponderosa pines beautify the area even far beyond it's boundaries. Bryce Canyon is not only beautiful during the day, at night you can enjoy stargazing through the pollution free sky.

Basic History

Bryce Canyon is not a canyon at all. It is an amphitheater of Pink Cliffs hollowed out by the erosion of time, wind, rain, snow and ice over 50-60 million years. Paiute Indians called the Pink Cliffs, "Red rocks standing like men" and attached spiritual values to the land. Mormon settler Ebeneezer Bryce lived in the canyon for five years in the late 1800s unsuccessfully running cattle on the land. He and many others have experienced spiritual or supernatural feelings in witnessing the splendor of "red rocks standing like men." Most of the park's facilities were constructed between 1930 and 1960. Many have been removed for accessiblity.