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Bryce Canyon is part of the incredible National Park System of Southern Utah. Bryce, like the other parks in the area, offers informative ranger walks and talks in the summer. The current schedule can be found at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, located at the entrance of Bryce Canyon. Subjects range from Bryce Canyon geology and wildlife to campfire programs about astronomy and folklore. The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center offers a free informative film and is open every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Keep in mind that most of the trails in Bryce begin heading down which means you must climb back up at the end of the hike. The elevation is high so this is important for those that are not at their fittest.  Choose trails that you will enjoy and don't over do it.

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Bryce Canyon Camping

Camping is offered at the North and Sunset Campgrounds inside the park and is on a first-come first-served basis. The sites do not have hookups. Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds and fires are only permitted in campground grills. The Sunset Campground is handicap accessible and is open from mid-May to mid-October. The North Campground, on the other hand, is open year-round. Be aware that Bryce Canyon is located at a high elevation and it can be uncomfortable to camp out in Bryce in the winter and maybe extremely cold even the early spring and fall. There is a limit of six people and two vehicles at each campground. Restrooms with flush toilets and drinking water are available in the campgrounds. There is a sanitary dump station open during the warmer months of the year that can be used for a fee.

Hat Shop Trail

The Hat Shop Trail at Bryce Canyon is unique and lacks the traffic of many of the other Bryce Canyon trails. The hoodoos or rock spires there have a different appearance than most of the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon. The hat shop hoodoos are capped with a "hat" of boulders that fell from nearby cliffs long ago. The spire holding each boulder is a conglomerate of rock left over from the cliff that helped form it. The "hats" protect their "hat rack," preventing further erosion.

Bryce Canyon Vacation:  Canyon Country

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Bryce Canyon is located a quick 60 miles from the junction of Scenic Byways 9 & 89 on the east side of Zion Park.

Naturalist NotesNature Notes

A common sight in the arid sections of Bryce Canyon are the shrubby manzanita. The leaves are green and leathery, broad and ovate, turned to avoid the heat of the desert sun.  The bark is a smooth mahogany color and texture, with a grotesquely twisted stem making it easy to identify. Once the light-pink, bell shaped flowers are pollinated, they form red fruit. The Indians consumed the fruit raw or after cooking and drying it. The yellowish fruit is often called manzanitas.

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