Given its misnomer, Bryce Canyon National Park is actually a collection of natural amphitheaters in southwestern Utah. Like the red rocks of Arches and Moab, Bryce Canyon is known for its iconic red hoodoos — giant geological structures that were created by frost weathering and water erosion. Higher in elevation than Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon sits between 8,000 to 9,000 feet up. This gives the park a beautiful landscape in the winter as reds, greens, and the white of snow mix together for a matchless landscape.
Founded as a National Park in 1928, Bryce Canyon National Park covers over 35,000 acres and is home to more than 400 native plant species. The park has three separate life zones based on elevation and supports a wide variety of animal life including bobcats, cougars, foxes, and black bears. Every now and then an elk or pronghorn might even wander into the park.
Similar to its companion park Arches, Bryce Canyon National Park provides great opportunities for astronomy and studying the night skies. Along with this, Bryce Canyon can be viewed along its scenic drive or on one of its eight hiking trails. Visitors are also able to explore the park during the winter by participating in snowshoe hikes.
Though its location is more remote than the two neighboring National Parks, Bryce Canyon National Park lodging offers a number of places for visitors to stay.
For a view unlike any other in the world, Bryce Canyon National Park is well worth visiting.