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.
National Public Lands Day 2010
Contact: Dan Ng, 435.834.5322x4740
Bryce Canyon Waives Entrance Fees for
Bryce Canyon National Park will offer its annual Fee Free Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010, in observance of National Public Lands Day. On that day, the National Park Service will join other public lands to waive entrance fees including commercial tour entrance fees. This fee waiver does not include camping and special permit fees.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year nearly 110,000 volunteers worked in 1,300 locations and in every state. Now, 8 federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.
National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from 1933-42 to preserve and protect America's natural heritage.
This annual event educates Americans about critical environmental and natural resources issues and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands; builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands; and improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.
Bryce Canyon was proclaimed a national monument in 1923 because of its "…unusual scenic beauty and scientific interest and importance." Five years later it was renamed a national park. Today, over 1.4 million visitors come from around the world to marvel at its colorful and delicate rock spires and pinnacles. The park and surrounding forest are home to elk, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion and the Utah prairie dog, a threatened species. Bryce Canyon's high altitude, outstanding air quality and lack of light pollution, contribute to outstanding night skies.
The Bryce Canyon Lodge, Restaurant, Gift Shop, General Store and North Campground are open. Canyon Trail Rides offers guided horse trips into the canyon. The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ranger-led programs are offered during the day. A free shuttle is available to take you to the park's most popular viewpoints. With the arrival of shorter days and cooler temperatures, aspens are changing color, so come prepared for autumn weather.
For more information regarding the Fee Free Day at Bryce Canyon National Park call (435) 834-5322.
Did You Know?
Mountain Lions have one of the highest hunting success ratios of any predator. 80% of the time they chase a deer, the deer ends up as food. At Bryce Canyon, Mountain Lions are most often seen in winter. More...