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    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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  • 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.

  • Backcountry Campsite Closures

    Due to bear activity at select campsites in Bryce Canyon's backcountry, multiple backcountry campsites have been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek, Swamp Canyon, Natural Bridge, Iron Spring, Corral Hollow, Riggs Spring and Yovimpa Pass.

7th Annual Astronomy Festival

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Date: May 21, 2007
Contact: Kevin Poe, 435.834.4412
Contact: Angie Richman, 435.834.4401

7th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival

Bryce Canyon National Park, in partnership with the Salt Lake Astronomical Society, is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival. Gather under one of the last great sanctuaries of dark skies, Wednesday, June 13th through Saturday, June 16th, and enjoy the splendors and wonder of starry nights. Visitors have the opportunity to look through numerous telescopes, courtesy of the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. Activities include looking at the sun through the park’s special solar telescope, strolling along a scale model of our solar system, finding your way around the night sky, learning about bats, nocturnal animals, mythology and ancient astronomy, astronomy activities for kids, and of course stargazing.

This event attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world who come to experience the famous dark skies of Southern Utah. Bryce Canyon offers outstanding “magnitude 7+” skies, virtually free from light pollution, and a stunning view of the Milky Way. With city lights washing out the view of the night sky for so many Americans, national parks can offer a rare glimpse into the cosmos. A variety of talks are offered each night, presented by Bryce Canyon’s own park rangers, guest park rangers, and special guest speakers. Renowned amateur astronomer John Dobson will be speaking Friday, June 15th.

Evenings are chilly at the park’s 8000’ altitude and June is often popular with visitors, so plan accordingly. Outstanding opportunities for hiking, exploring, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, and learning natural history abound at Bryce Canyon National Park and the surrounding vicinity.

Bryce Canyon National Park has an entrance fee, however admission to all festival events are free. For further information about the Astronomy Festival, contact Kevin Poe at 435-834-4412 or Angie Richman at 435-834-4401.

Did You Know?

Southwest Willow Flycatcher

Bryce Canyon National Park has three wildlife species listed under the Endangered Species Act: Utah Prairie Dog, California condor, and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. It is illegal to take, capture, kill, pursue, hunt, or harm these species or their habitat. More...