BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
This National Park is on a high eroded plateau in National Monument southwest Utah. Scenery here includes a number of canyons, along with an endless variety of multicolored rock pinnacles, spires, and other sculpted limestone forms.
Elevations are from under 7,000 feet to over 9,000 feet. Outstanding views are available from many vantage points. There are forests of ponderosa pine and fir, along with aspen, and wildlife includes mule deer, coyote, and prairie dog.
Activities: Bryce Canyon has about 65 miles of trails for backpacking and hiking. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. Visitors are asked to limit backcountry travel to established trails.
Horseback riding is allowed on many trails. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are possible here during the winter, and snowshoes are available for loan free of charge from the visitor center. Biking is restricted to roadways.
Camping Regulations: A free permit, which may be obtained from the visitor center, is required in order to camp in the backcountry. The park has a number of established backcountry camping areas, and these designated sites should be used.
Campfires are not allowed, so a stove is necessary for cooking. Pets are prohibited. Summer temperatures are moderate, so the usual camping season here is spring through fall.
For Further Information: Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, UT 84717; (801)834-5322.
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