Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH A Fantasy of Colorful Spires and Cliffs. Bryce Canyon simply amazes people. It is a perfect, rosy jewel of a canyon that can snare the visitor and make you want to stay to look just a little longer at all its shifting shades of red and pink. Bryce Canyon is so spectacular without being enormous that it looks like a canyon that Steven Spielberg or George Lucas might have designed. But Bryce Canyon belongs on this earth. Just looking refreshes your imagination and brings back the childlike delight in seeing nature at its most fanciful. Set in a high plateau, the pine-covered rim of Bryce Canyon enjoys the clean cool breezes of a mountain setting. The altitude makes the evenings a little cool, even in Summer. And in winter, the snow is the best Utah powder for great cross country-skiing or snowshoeing at the rim or along the trails. Snowmobiling outside the park on groomed trails or through broad mountain meadows is some of Utah's best. If you are planning to explore the canyon extensively by foot, be sure to carry plenty of water. There is none in the canyon, and the lack of humidity and lack of shade on most of the trails can dehydrate visitors quickly. Half-day and full-day horse trips are available inside and outside the park. The park's visitor center gives a geologic and historic overview of the canyon. The visitor center is manned from 8am to 5pm. The roads in the park are maintained in the Winter, and the canyon rim is easily traversed on cross-country skies or snowshoes. WHERE TO STAY WHILE VISITING BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Bryce area (at the park) Tropic: (11 miles, about 15 minutes) Escalante: (49 miles, about one hour) Hatch: (25 miles, about 30 minutes) Panguitch: (24 miles, about 30 minutes) Brain Head: (56 miles, about 1 hour and 10 minutes) Weather Information: Bryce Canyon is open all year. Weather can change quickly because of the high elevation. Thunderstorms are common in Summer when daytime temperatures are pleasant, nights are cool. January is the wettest month, averaging 19" of snow.

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