Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon, Utah 84717

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park Professional Review and Guide

"Although young in geological terms compared to some of its famous neighbors, Bryce Canyon is one of the most remarkable examples of nature in the world. It is one of the main reasons why this section of southern Utah is called “Color Country.”

This land is filled with unusually shaped pinnacles, spires, arches and other rock formations that come in a staggering array of colors, including pink, red and rust. Patches of green (which are actually the tops of trees in the canyon) also dot the landscape. The shapes are a result of erosion; the colors come from a combination of mineral deposits in the stone and the play of sunlight. Despite its name, according to geologists the park is not a canyon at all. It is, rather, a series of amphitheaters in the shape of a horseshoe."

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"Much of Bryce Canyon National Park is a conifer-dominated monoculture, and bird diversity is not one of its selling points. Nonetheless, an attentive birder can see some very interesting species, particularly during migration. The walk described here is one of many possibilities and provides the greatest habitat diversity within an easy walk.

Specialty birds: Bald Eagle (winter); Prairie Falcon; Blue Grouse; Flammulated Owl; White-throated Swift; Olive-sided and Gray Flycatchers; Western Wood-Pewee; Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers; Clark’s Nutcracker; Pygmy Nuthatch; Townsend’s Solitaire; Red Crossbill. Other key birds: Eared Grebe; Green-winged, Blue-winged, and Cinnamon Teals; American Wigeon (winter); Ruddy Duck; Sharpshinned, Cooper’s, and Rough-legged (winter) Hawks; Golden Eagle; Spotted Sandpiper; Wilson’s Phalarope (spring and fall); Common Nighthawk; Black-chinned and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds; Hairy Woodpecker; Cordilleran Flycatcher; Say’s Phoebe; Plumbeous Vireo; Steller’s Jay; Black-billed Magpie; Common Raven; Violet-green Swallow; Mountain Chickadee; Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches; Brown Creeper; Western and Mountain Bluebirds; Hermit Thrush; Virginia’s, Yellow-rumped, and Grace’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Chipping and Vesper Sparrows; Pine Siskin."

"When we hiked in Bryce Canyon, I frequently heard the distinctive rumble of a rock avalanche beginning and ducked under an overhang in time to escape a small shower of stones and dirt. Erosion! The major force at work was brought powerfully home. Horizontal beds of limestone, sandstone, and shale on the eastern edge of Paunsaugunt Plateau are so erosion prone that a mind-numbing array of fins, turrets, pinnacles, and spires has formed.

Spires and pillars stand as tall as 1,000 feet and are surrounded by a wild architecture of natural forms resembling cathedrals, temples, ruins, dragons, gargoyles, and every other form that may come to the imaginative mind. This trail guide includes descriptions of Riggs Spring Loop Trail."

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Totally fantastic. Having seen 5 National parks this holiday, this came second behind the G Canyon! We drove the scenic tour and got out for a walk down one of the tracks at sunset point. The rock formations along the way are great. Don't miss the arch about midway, it is beautiful. There is a bus shuttle avialable, but it only covers the top half of the scenic drive. We did not use it, but wished we had parked at the end of the shuttle route, walked back along the rim and caught the bus back to the car and done the rest of the drive in the car, it saves retracing your steps. It is a scenic drive i would like to do again without my 2.5 year old son and explore the hiking trails a bit more.
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Trail Information

Bryce Canyon
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Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round, best May 1 through the end of October
Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
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