Bryce Canyon National Park
is a scenic national park which is located to the southwestern part of Utah
, in the United States of America. Contrary to its name, Bryce Canyon is not a canyon - it is a point that features a group of giant natural amphitheaters that are found along the Paunsaugunt Plateau’s eastern side.
Apart from the numerous amphitheaters, Bryce Canyon also features stunning hoodoos made naturally from red, white, and orange sedimentary rocks. The view of these hoodoos, especially from above, is what has made Bryce Canyon National Park an excellent tourist location.
Bryce Canyon National Park is relatively small, as compared to both the Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon National Park. It receives a moderately lower number of tourists, owing to its location on a much higher elevated point than the nearby Zion National Park, and for the fact that it is considered a little remotely placed.
The highest point of the Bryce Canyon National Park is the scenic Rainbow Point, standing a high 9,105 feet! It is located at a spot where a magnificent drive stops, providing with a viewpoint of all the areas below, including the giant Bryce Amphitheater, the White Cliffs of the Glen Canyon, the beautiful red rocks of the Vermilion Cliffs, and the ever-attractive snow-peaked Henry Mountains.
The lowest point of the Bryce Canyon National Park is the Yellow Creek, located at the exit of the park to the northeaster side, and it stands at 6,620 feet.
Bryce Canyon National Park experiences a warm summer humid continental climate of Köppen classification Dfb since its coldest month has the temperature dropping lower than 32°F (0°C). Generally, the area experiences warm and pleasant summers, cold and moderately snowy winters, cold and pleasant springs, and short, mildly cold autumns. On average, there are up to nine hours of sunshine per day throughout this region.
Summer averages highs of between 64.6°F (18.1°C) and 26.9°and lows of between 44.8°F (7.1°C) and 52.9°F (11.6°C). The days are moderately wet, albeit in minimal extents.
Spring is mild and pleasant, with a daily temperature averaging 55.8°F (13.2°C). Some snowfall may still be experienced during this period.
Winter is cold and snowy, with up to 50cm in snow accumulation. The temperature averages 15.4°F (-9.2°C) on the coldest days, but rises to approximately 39°F (3.9°C) during the day.
Bryce Canyon National Park is an all-year-round travel destination, offering scenic shots both during the warm days and the cold days. However, most tourists prefer to visit during spring, between mid-April
, and during summer, from mid-May through September
. This stretch has beautiful weather, with mild to warm temperature ranges and moderately dry days to allow for a tour in the vast Bryce Canyon. Most national events are also covered within this period.
The Utah Prairie Dog Day is held in April to allow for activities involving families and their dogs. In June
, Bryce Canyon National Park holds the Annual Astronomy Festival, where visitors are allowed to use their large telescopes for stargazing late into the night. Later, between July
, Bryce Canyon National Park holds its annual Geofest Festival, where the public is treated to loads of geological info amid hikes along the trails between the hoodoos.