Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, located in southwestern Utah, was named after Ebenezer Bryce who homesteaded in the area in 1874. Read More...
The park is known for Bryce Canyon, which is actually not a canyon but a group of giant natural amphitheaters and geological structures called hoodoos, or pinnacles. The orange, red and white coloring of the rocks provides for a spectacular view and interesting study, making the area a geologist’s dream. Visitors come to hike, camp, stargaze, and experience some stunning vistas. Bryce and the surrounding area became a National Monument in 1923 and a National Park in 1928.
Compared to the neighboring park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park receives relatively few visitors each year, most likely due to its semi-remote location. The remote location does, however, lend to a cooler climate and more precipitation than that of Zion. The park covers nearly 36,000 acres and varies at elevations of 8,000 to 9,000. While not much is known about early human habitation in the Bryce Canyon area, archaeological studies have shown that humans have lived in the area for at least 10,000 years. These peoples include the Basketmaker Anasazi, the Pueblo-period Anasazi, and the Paiute Indians.