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Bryce Canyon National Park
Small in size (37,102 acres), Bryce Canyon National Park captures some of the most colorful and unusual geological landforms of Southern Utah. Most of the park's highlights are easily visible from a leisurely drive along SR-63. You should allow about three hours to cover this scenic 34 mile route. There are many scenic overlooks and short trails along the way for you to explore.
While quite a few early explorers passed through here, this plase is named for early settler Ebenezer Bryce, who at one time tried to raise cattle here. The area was designated a national park by U.S. Congress in 1924.
This park feature a series of breaks that drop almost 1000 feet in 13 natural amphitheatres located along the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Its formation occured over 60 million years, first with compilation of layers of sendiment at the bottom of inland lakes, then compressed into rock by powerful geological forces and subsequently eroded away to its present shape.
The colors range from pink, iron-red, orange, shades of white, gold, cream and even occasional shades of lavender and blue. There are many formations of towering rocks resembling castles, cathedrals, chessmen and miniature cities. During the winter, white snow provides a strong contrast to the pink cliffs.
Primary Features / Scenic points to not miss:
Main Bryce Amphitheater: Compact area with many scenic trails and outstanding sights - including Bryce Point and Boat Mesa. Note the dramatic change in vegetation from the canyon floor to the top of the rim.
Sunset Point: Starting point for the very popular Navajo Loop trail (1.5 miles) which winds past some near formations.
Under-The-Rim Trail: 23 mile trail that parallels the main highway, but takes you into the wild country.
Rainbow Point: Southern tip of the park.
Bird-watching: Divided into three distinct habitats:
Campgrounds; Two campgrounds are located within the park. (435) 834-5322.
Wildflowers: Visit in late spring or early summer to find a bright array of paintbrush, columbine, yarrow and penstemon wildflowers.
Boy Scouts can earn special recognition for service performed at any one of our National Parks. Scouts are also encouraged to submit a short narrative to the BSA Good Turn for America website describing their participation and lessons learned. 5 hours service for the certificate, 10 hours for their cool patch.
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