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.
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.
Conviction in Bryce Canyon Poaching Incident
Contact: Dave Fox, 435.834.4810
Hunter Receives Conviction in Bryce Canyon Poaching Incident
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - In October 2006, a deer was illegally shot and killed alongside Utah-12 within the boundary of Bryce Canyon National Park. An off-duty park employee notified rangers, while Garfield County Sheriff's Office simultaneously received a 911 call and dispatched Park Ranger Scott Engelhardt to the scene. Engelhardt located a vehicle matching the description and made contact with its three occupants, including Jeremy Hancock of Ogden, Utah. During the investigation, Engelhardt was able to obtain a confession from Hancock that he shot and partially gutted the deer before loading it into the back of his friend’s truck and driving off. Engelhardt seized the deer and rifle.
Last month, Hancock pled guilty to a violation of the Lacey Act in federal court. The Lacey Act was first introduced by Iowa Congressman John Lacey, and signed into law by President William McKinley on May 25, 1900. The Lacey Act protects both plants and wildlife by creating civil and criminal penalties for a wide array of violations, including taking, possessing, transporting, or selling wildlife that has been taken in violation of federal, state and foreign law. The Lacey Act is administered by the Departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture.
Hancock was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, and ordered to pay a $500 fine and $2,000 in restitution to Bryce Canyon National Park. In addition, he is banned from entering Bryce Canyon for a period of one year.
Did You Know?
The geologic term, hoodoo, lives on at Bryce Canyon National Park as perpetuated by early geologists who thought the rock formations could cast a spell on you with their magical spires and towering arches. More...