All about Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park is one of Utah’s Might Five Parks.  Although it is called a canyon, Bryce isn’t’ a canyon.  It is part of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.  The entire park is made of a series of amphitheaters filled with hoodoos.  Hoodoos are unique geological structures that are formed by frost weathering.  Watching the sunrise over the Bryce amphitheater is one of the greatest sights in the park system.

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Bryce Canyon National Park Profile

Region Intermountain Region
Park Size

35,835 acres (55.99 sq miles) (145 sq km)

About the size of Wallis and Futuna of France

Elevation Highest point: 9,115 ft (2,778 m) at Rainbow Point
Lowest point: 6,565 feet (2,001 m) at Yellow Creek
Location Garfield and Kane County, Utah
Nearby Cities



Founding Date

Bryce Canyon National Monument – June 8, 1923 

Bryce Canyon National Park – February 25, 1928

Visitors  1.7 million (in 2018) 
Busy Season May to September
Visitor Centers

Bryce Canyon Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Park Hours Open 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance Fees

7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $35

7-day Motorcycle Pass – $20

7-day Individual Pass – $20

Annual Pass

Bryce Canyon National Park Pass – $40

American the Beautiful Pass – $80

Pets Yes but best left at home. If bringing, please review the Bryce Canyon Pet Policy.


Bryce Canyon National Park Climate 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Average high in °F: 35 38 44 52 62 73
Average low in °F: 11 13 19 24 32 39
Av. precipitation in inch: 1.8 1.4 1.5 0.8 0.8 0.6
Av. snowfall in inch: 17 18 17 8 2 0.1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in °F: 79 76 69 57 44 36
Average low in °F: 47 45 37 27 18 11
Av. precipitation in inch: 1.6 2 1.8 2 1.3 1.2
Av. snowfall in inch:
0 0 0.1 3 10 14


Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than a 4-hour drive):

  • Zion National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Great Basin National Park
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Navajo National Monument
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than an 8 hour drive):

  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Tonto National Monument
  • Hohokam Pima National Monument
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument
  • El Morro National Monument
  • El Malpais National Monument
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Mojave National Preserve

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Jennifer Melroy

Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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