Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park of America situated in southwestern Utah. The main feature of the park is the Bryce Canyon, which, despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of gigantic natural amphitheatres along the east side of the Paunsogunt Plateau. Bryce is distinguished by geological structures, called Hood, formed as a result of frost weathering and water erosion of sedimentary rocks of the river and the lake bed. The red, orange and white colors of the cliffs offer breathtaking views for visitors to the park. In 1850’s, the Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers and was named after Ebenezer Bryce. The park occupies 35,835 acres. Bryce Canyon National Park is much smaller and located at a much higher level than the nearby Zion National Park. Bryce rim ranges from 8000 to 9000 feet.
Weather of Bryce Canyon National Park: Due to the high altitude of the climate, the weather in Bryce Canyon during the autumn, winter and spring can be very changeable. Snowfall in October is not uncommon, but during the month there are also many sunny and pleasant autumn days. From October to May, the temperature drops below zero almost every night. The park usually experiences the coldest and snowiest periods from December to February. Spring storms in March and April can still cause heavy snowfall, which can affect travel in the region. In summer, days are usually pleasant: day highs in June tend to reach 60–70s (F), maximum 70–80 in July and August, while September is similar to June. The rainy season begins in July and August, with frequent, usually short, thunderstorms in the afternoon, which cause heavy rain and frequent lightning.
Camping in Bryce Canyon: Camping opportunities in Bryce Canyon Country are wide. With heights from 4,000 to 11,000 feet, you will have the opportunity to camp in the desert or in the highland forests. There are two campgrounds in the Bryce National Park with the names North and Sunset. Both campgrounds are conveniently located, and both have toilets with flush toilets all year round.
North Camping: Four loops. 99 places – loops A & B-RV campers, loops C & D – tent camps. The northern campsite is closer to the visitor center and the general store. Coin shower or laundry facilities are available during the summer months.
Sunset Campground: Twenty places for tents and a group site – you can reserve in advance. Sites are limited to ten people – first come, first served. There are no connections, but the station for unloading (charged) is available in the summer.
Backcountry campers: Choose from eight camping sites on the Underground Path plus four camp sites on Riggs Spring Loop Trail. Height varies from 6800 feet to more than 9000 feet. Permits to purchase in person at the tourist center for overnight stay in the backcountry of Bryce Canyon National Park. The camp is only in designated areas and leaves no traces. Open fire is not allowed.
Bryce Canyon hiking: Bryce Canyon offers several hiking trails. Since many of them are interconnected, our most popular hikes are combinations of two or more of these main routes. Hiking trails are divided into three categories of difficulty:
Easy Hiking: The hikes listed below are classified as light. They have soft grades, some partially paved and minimal height changes.
Mossy Cave (0.8 miles / 1.3 km roundtrip): Located outside the amphitheater on Highway 12, heading towards the Tropic, this trail is a river road leading to a mossy overhang and a small waterfall. The waterfall flows from May to October.
Rome Trail (17.7 km round trip) and Sunset Point to Sunrise Point Trail (1.6 km / 1.6 km): Inspect the amphitheater and its hood hood along the rim. The trail from sunset to sunrise is paved and fairly flat.
Bristlekone loop (1.6 km / 1.6 km round trip): Walk through the spruce-fir forests to the cliffs with pine bristles and extensive species.
Queens Garden (2.9 km, round trip): This is the least difficult path to the canyon. Using your imagination, you can even see Queen Victoria at the end of a short path.
Moderate hiking: Moderate hikes have steep inclines with changes in height “down and back” and include the following routes:
Navajo Trail (2.2 miles / 2.2 km round trip): The Navajo loop begins at sunset and descends into the Bryce Amphitheater through a “slit” canyon, where the large Douglas trees stretch to reach the sunshine high above them.
Tower Bridge (4.8 km both ways): See the Bristlekone Pines and the Wall of China. 1/4 mile shadowy spur trail leads to Tower Bridge
Hat Shop (4 miles / 6.4 km round trip): Go down to the Underground Path to see a hudu group of balanced stones.
Marsh Canyon (7.2 km): Descend into one of the less well-known areas of Bryce Canyon.
Difficult hikes: Difficult hikes are steep ascents with multiple changes in altitude and over long distances. These trips can challenge the most avid tourists and are not recommended for the faint of heart. Combining some of these trips can also add to the adventures of a more experienced traveler, such as Navajo and Peak-A-Boo or Navajo, Queens Garden and Peak-A-Boo.
Fairy Circle (8 miles / 12.9 km round trip): See the Wall of China, the Tower Bridge and the high hoods on this less crowded trail.
Loop Peek-A-Boo (8.8 km round trip): A steep but thrilling trek through the heart of Bryce Amphitheater. Look at the Windows Wall. (This trail is common for a concession trip).
Riggs Spring Loop (14.2 km round trip): Walk on a high height leaving the Rainbow Point down through the various forests of Spruce, Fir and Bristlekon.
Lodges in Bryce National Park: The historic lodge in Bryce Canyon and its surrounding facilities are within walking distance of the famous Bryce Amphitheater Park. The hotel has 114 rooms, including suites, motel rooms and cottages. Reservations are highly recommended for The Historic Lodge. Dining at Bryce Canyon Lodge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A gift shop is also available at the lodge. There are many opportunities for lodging, such as camping in a tent, connecting your RV or relaxing in a luxury hotel. Many restaurants and entertainment options will be found here.
Bryce Canyon Country is the homeland of one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Whether you are driving or relaxing for several days, the beauty of nature will leave you in awe. Bryce Canyon National Park has hiking and cycling trails, ideal for any level of stamina, from the plains to difficult canyons. Even if you stick to motorways and shoulders, there is no shortage of roadside glory. If you are more prone to adventure, think about a multi-day horse ride or a night trekking with a guide, lit by the moon and a bright starry sky. Whether you prefer bird watching, hunting, fishing, golf, or just looking at the starry night sky, there is no chance for boredom.