• Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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  • U.S. Highway 89 Bryce Canyon to Grand Canyon

    Road damage south of Page, Arizona will impact travel between Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. Click for a travel advisory and link to a map with suggested alternate routes: More »

  • Sunset Campground Construction

    From April-July 2014, three new restroom facilities will be constructed in Sunset Campground. Visitors may experience construction noise and dust, as well as some campsite and restroom closures. 'Sunset Campground' webpage has additional information. More »

  • Bryce Point to Peekaboo Connector Trail Closure

    Due to a large rockslide, the connecting trail from Bryce Point to Peekaboo Loop is closed. Trail will be reopened once repairs are made. The Peekaboo Loop is open, but must be accessed from Sunset or Sunrise Point.

  • Wall Street Section of Navajo Loop Closed

    Due to dangerous conditions (falling rock and treacherous, icy switchbacks), the Wall Street section of the Navajo Loop Trail is CLOSED. It will reopen in Spring once freezing temperatures have subsided.

  • Backcountry Campsite Closures

    Due to bear activity at select campsites in Bryce Canyon's backcountry, two backcountry campsites have been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek and Iron Spring.

Master Leopold Bigbugh

Master Leopold Bigbugh (flying) and Scanner the Cycad (sitting on a rock cross-section)

Name: Master Leopold Bigbugh
Genus: Meganeura
Size: 3 ft. wingspan, 1 ft in length
Age: 50
Gender: male
Weight: 1 lb.
Diet: insects
Habitat: swamps
Skills: forensics and research
Education: M.S. in Geology, M.S in Chemistry
Expertise: Rocks and Minerals
Hobbies: Collecting Rocks and Minerals

Scanner is a potted Cycad which Leopold lets root momentarily in the soil to tell him what rocks and mineral are present.

Leopold and Scanner at Craters of the Moon.

In an unprecedented move, Master Leopold Bigbugh and his Cycad traveled North America stopping at four National Parks in four days. Along with collecting rock types with his Cycad and stamping his National Parks passport he spent the whole time whining about having to leave his office.

On vacation he examined different rock types at four National Parks. He did this by having his Cycad collect rock samples through its roots. Leopold spent his free time at the parks watching the park movie, it reminded him of his office.

His favorite vacation spot was at Craters of the Moon National Monument. The astronauts of the Apollo missions visited this site before launching to the moon. Craters of the Moon was chosen because it closely resembles the moon's surface with fresh lava flows and volcanoes.

Crater Lake

From there he went to Crater Lake National Park and sampled the volcanic rocks of Wizzard Island.

White Sands National Monument

Feeling the need to be in a warmer environment he took his Cycad to White Sands National Monument. There the Cycad found an ample supply of silica to construct its cell walls.
uplifted ridge in Capitol Reef National Park
Hearing that the rocks at Capitol Reef National Park varied in composition, he wanted to have the Cycad taste the difference.

Unfortunately, Leopold was caught collecting without a permit and had to return all his samples. The rangers also took away his fake Golden Age Pass (he's not yet 62) that he was using to get into all the parks for free.

Did You Know?

Main entrance sign with Interpretation staff

Bryce Canyon, first designated Bryce Canyon National Monument on June 8, 1923; reached National Park status on September 15, 1928. More...