• 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.

Western Wallflower

Common Name(s): Western Wallflower, Pursh's Wallflower
Scientific Name: Erysimum capitatum var. purshii (also known as Erysimum asperum var. purshii)
Size (height) English & Metric: 6"-36" (15-90 cm)
Habitat: Diverse but commonly found on disturbed soil
Flowering Season (for Bryce region): April - July
Range: Throughout the Southwest and Western side of the Rocky Mountains, most elevations in Utah.
Western Wallflower

Western Wallflower

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General Description
A member of the mustard family, and a species which is very common through the drier regions of the western United States. It has numerous yellow flowers, each with four petals arranged in a basal rosette. The leaves are arranged around the stem in an alternating pattern.

Plant Lore:
The Western Wallflower has the greatest range of distribution by elevation of any wildflower in Utah. It has been documented to live everywhere between 2,500 ft and 12,500 ft. (800-4000m). This flower offers little practical use beyond being a pleasing ornamental. Wallflowers obtained their unusual name as they commonly grow along old walls in Europe.

When and where to see at Bryce:
In mid-June, these flowers are common along roadside pull-offs and at viewpoints along Bryce Canyon's main road.

Further Reading:
Buchanan, Hayle 1992. Wildflowers of Southwestern Utah. Bryce Canyon Natural History Association. Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Spellenberg, Richard. 2001. National Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Wildflowers - Western Region. Chanticleer Press, Inc., New York.

Williams, David. 2000. A Naturalist Guide to Canyon Country. Falcon Press. Helena, Montana.

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...