Bryce Canyon is among the smallest American national parks, but it is also one of the most beautiful and most visited of all the United States. The park is located in the south-western Utah, in the Colorado plateau, at a height between 2,400 and 2,700 meters.
The park was founded in 1924 and was named in honor of the Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, who lived in this area in the late nineteenth century. Bryce Canyon, is world famous for its fascinating geological formations, spiers of yellow-orange rock called “hoodoos”.
Formed by a series of rock amphitheatres located on the eastern edge of Paunsaugunt Plateau, what we see today is the result of the work done by water erosion, frost and other atmospheric agents on what was once the bottom of an ancient lake. These natural forces have shaped the limestone rock creating bizarre shapes including canyons, arches, pinnacles and spiers. The lake that originated the canyon existed between 63 and 40 million years ago, between the Paleocene and Eocene.
Bryce Canyon, as well as for the wonderful views, is also interesting for the richness of animal life that has: there are 59 species of mammals, 11 species of reptiles, 175 species of birds, 4 species of amphibians, and over 1000 species of insects.
BRYCE CANYON USEFUL INFORMATION
Hours: The Bryce Canyon Park is open all year round 24 hours 24.
The Visitor Center is open daily at the following times: from May to September from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.; from November to March from 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.; in April and October from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; is closed on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day (Thanksgiving Day: fourth Thursday in November) and the first of the year.
Tickets: The entrance fee is $ 25.00 per vehicle and includes all the passengers of the vehicle. The entrance fee for those who arrive without a vehicle (on foot, bicycle, motorcycle) is $ 12.00 per person. The ticket is valid for 7 days.