Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

If you like looking at stars in the night sky, Bryce Canyon National Park is a wonderful place to visit. Because it’s one of the darkest places, visitors to the park can see about 7,500 stars without a telescope. The park offers astronomy programs.

Bryce Canyon Paintbrush

The Bryce Canyon Paintbrush is a beautiful, rare flower that only grows in southern Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Photo courtesy of Keith Adams, Phtographer

Bryce Canyon National Park, Photo courtesy of Keith Adams, Phtographer

“Hoodoos”

The park was established in 1928. Located in Utah, it has 2,000,000 visitors each year to see the oddly shaped pillars of rock known as “Hoodoos.”

These can be as short as your dad to as tall as a ten-story building.

 

Things to do

There are 50 miles of hiking trails in the park, as well as horseback rides, campgrounds, picnic areas, and ranger programs. There is a free shuttle between Ruby’s Inn and Bryce Point during summer months.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Photo courtesy of Keith Adams, Photographer

Bryce Canyon National Park, Photo courtesy of Keith Adams, Photographer

Inspiration Point

The best place to watch the sun rise is at Inspiration Point. The hoodoos turn red, pink, orange, and yellow in the rising sun. Another beautiful view can be found at Bryce Point. Rainbow Point is a nice spot to take a picnic.

Visitors to the park may see the endangered Utah prairie dogs pop their heads out of an underground burrow.

Pronghorn are the fastest land mammal in the United States. These fast runners can reach speeds of 60 mph.

 

-Sandra Merville Hart

 

Sources:

“Bryce Canyon: National Park, Utah,” National Park Service, 2014/12/16 http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm.

Flynn, Sarah Wassner. National Geographic Kids: National Parks Guide U.S.A., National Geographic Society, 2012.

McHugh, Erin. National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc., 2012.

Palmerlee, Danny; Bendure, Glenda; Friary, Ned; Karlin, Adam; Matchar, Emily; Sainsbury, Brendan. Discover USA’s Best National Parks, Lonely Planet Publications, 2012.

 

 

 

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