Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon offers awesome scenic beauty, the changing colors are intensified by the beautiful blue skies of Southern Utah. In this area you’ll find exciting rodeos, challenging bike, hiking and ATV trails as well as excellent trout fishing in lakes, reservoirs and streams. Our motel is located near some of Southern Utah’s best ATV trails and there are rental available right across the street. Panguitch has ATV trailheads that take you on miles and miles of adventures. Bryce Canyon features many types of rocks unique to our area. Bring your camera! Our area wildlife includes elk, deer, antelope, squirrel, porcupines, skunks, and towns of prairie dogs to name a few.

Bryce Canyon is composed of a series of giant amphitheaters filled with millions of pink rock pinnacles called "hoodoos.” These rock formations are a mixture of bright red, orange and pink hues that are especially spectacular at sunrise and sunset. On your visit to Bryce Canyon, you can take the Bryce Canyon shuttle to the different trailheads, or you may choose to drive the paved road through the park taking time to pull off at overlooks into the canyon amphitheaters below. You will be given a map of the Park at the gate, which will lead you to the best lookout points. Just beyond the main gate is the Bryce Canyon Visitors Center, be sure to stop and check out the various displays about the geology of the park.

Bryce Canyon received its name for Ebenezer Bryce, one of the Pioneers who helped to settle the area along the Pausaugunt Plateau. In 1928 Bryce Canyon National Park was officially established and was later increased in 1931 to its present day size of 35,835 acres. People came to see the Bryce Canyon area long before it became a national park, but travel to the area was limited due to the lack of well-maintained roads. In 1930, the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel was completed connecting Bryce National Park to Zion, Cedar Breaks, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Bryce Canyon National Park now receives over 1.5 million visitors each year.

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View a Map of Bryce Canyon

Visitors Center:
The Bryce Canyon Visitors Center is open year-round, except Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1, the center is located one mile inside the park boundary and offers a natural history museum as well as a video program that is shown daily in the auditorium. The Visitors Center also posts information regarding schedules for park activities and ranger-led hikes.

Horseback Riding:
One of the greatest ways to tour Bryce Canyon National Park is from the back of a horse. Within the park there are dedicated horse trails that will take you down into the amphitheaters and you will find that it is a lot easier to let the horse do the work when it comes time to climb back out. There are several outfitters near the park that will match you up with a good mount and guide you through the park.

Hiking:
Walking and hiking are among the best ways to experience Bryce Canyon National Park. Hiking allows you to gain a clearer perception of the heights of pinnacles and monoliths, as well as the immensity of the amphitheaters themselves. Permits are not necessary for day hikes, but be sure to check with a park ranger for weather and trail conditions. In just a couple of hours on the trail you will be able to experience an incredible variety of scenery and geological wonders. As you plan your hike please remember that the trails that descend to the bottom are moderate to steep, making the return part of the hike the hardest. Bryce’s high elevation requires extra exertion, so know your limits and be careful.

ATV Riding:
While trails within the Bryce Canyon National Park are closed to ATVs, several miles of trails have been developed for ATV riding in the nearby Dixie National Forest. These trails will lead you to unique rock formations and incredible lookout points. You will discover impressive terrain with “hoodoos,” rock spires, and miles of dense forest. On a guided ATV tour you will experience these canyons in a way you never have before.

Fees:
All passes can be obtained at the entrance stations. Entrance to Bryce is $20 per car and is valid for seven days. The price for an individual entering the park on foot or bicycle is $10, not to exceed $20 per family. A one-year Bryce Canyon Pass is $30.

The National Parks Pass costs $50 and covers admission to national parks for one year from date of purchase. The 12-month Golden Eagle Passport, valid for federal parks and recreation areas, is available for $65. The Golden Access Passport provides free entrance to U.S. citizens or residents with lifetime disabilities.

The Golden Age Passport is available to U.S. citizens or residents 62 years of age or older for a one-time fee of $10. These passes are non-transferable.