Bryce Canyon National Park
Thousands of delicately-carved spirals rise in brilliant color from the amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon National Park. Millions of years of wind water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs of Bryce Canyon, which is not actually a canyon, but the eastern escarpment of the Paunsaguant Plateau. The visitor's first experience with the canyon is very dramatic, as rows of pine trees veil the color and grandeur of the canyon until you approach the rim. Here the brilliant hues of the park come alive--especially with the rising and setting of the sun. Visitors may take a 37-mile round-trip drive to Bryce's most famous viewpoints, dizzying in scope, including Sunrise, Sunset, Rainbow, Yovimpa, and Inspiration Point. There are many walking and hiking trails along the rim or the bottom of the canyon. A walk along one of the many trails into the "furnace" of red and yellow spires shooting up into the sky gives the feeling of being on another planet. Hikes range in difficulty and "feel," like the tight-walle maze of Wall Street Trail. Here, every turn in this maze-like world provides new and unique visual dramas.
Bryce Canyon National Park is 24 miles southeast of Panguitch. The visitor center is open year-round and provides information, a slide program, a museum and publications. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and learn how to visit the park with minimum impact to the fragile desert environment. The Sunrise Nature Center is open during the summer months for additional exhibits and information. Bryce Canyon 84717, 435-834-5322.