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    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.

Annual Astronomy Festival

Cherney Aurora (web)

Southern Aurora and Milky Way with our two companion galaxies known as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Can you see the Giant killer Moa bird in the dark star clouds of the Milky Way?

Alex Cherney

NIGHT SKY VIDEOGRAPHY FROM "DOWN UNDER!"

Join us for our 14th Annual Astronomy Festival (June 25 - 28, 2014) where Bryce Canyon's Dark Rangers and the Salt Lake Astronomical Society welcome Australia's award-winning photographer and amateur astronomer Alex Cherney. Don't miss this keynote presentation on Friday, June 27 at 9pm -- Alex's debut appearance in the United States. See his stunning photography from the wilds of Australia and New Zealand -- two of the few places on Earth with even darker night skies than Bryce Canyon. In the Australian Outback the Milky Way is so bright that many of the native people's constellations were not made in connect-the-dots fashion from star-patterns, but from the 3-dimensional dark clouds (stellar cocoons) within the Milky Way.

If you've ever dreamed of going on an Australian night-sky "walk-about," here's your chance to follow in the footsteps of an expert. Listen to Alex tell of these 20,000-year-old sky stories, and his own adventures in the wilds of Australia, beneath the backdrop of his stunning night sky videography set to moving music. In the meantime, enjoy some samples of his talent here http://vimeo.com/terrastro.

Having trouble finding a place to stay? Consider our Bryce Canyon Campgrounds or check the local accommodations guide at Garfield County Travel Council website.

 
SLAS operators preparing their telescopes for evening of stargazing

Salt Lake Astronomical Society preparing their telescopes for an evening of stargazing

NPS photo by Kevin Doxstater

WE'RE STILL WORKING OUT THE DETAILS OF THE 2014 FESTIVAL, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, USE LAST YEAR'S SCHEDULE (BELOW) AS AN INDICATION OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT DURING OUR 14TH ANNUAL ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL.

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY

  • 10:00am-12:00 Noon (open house)
    SOLAR ASTRONOMY @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 10:00am-12:00 noon (assembly) and 12:30-3:00pm (launch ops) MODEL ROCKET BUILDING & LAUNCHING workshop @ Bryce Canyon City Fire Station/Emergency Service Bldg. (kits with motor from $10-$30 - purchase rocket kit voucher at Visitor Center bookstore)

  • 4:00-5:30pm PLANET WALK @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 6:00-7:00pm PLANISPHERE PRACTICE @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater

  • 3 CONCURRENT PRESENTATIONS - FREE tickets must be obtained in person @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

    - 8:00-9:00pm @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center: "The First Star People" Bryce Dark Ranger Sean Duffy

    - 8:30-9:30pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: "Forgotten Astronomers" Planetarium Director, Seminole State College, Derek Demeter

    - 9:00-10:00pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: Strange Universe" Bryce Dark Ranger Geoff Goins

  • 9:00pm-12:30am STARGAZING @ The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's trailer drop-off/overflow parking lot:

    HUGE TELESCOPES
    provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Dark Rangers
 
Ranger helps child prepare model rocket for launch

Dark Ranger Randy Dunning assists child in preparing model rocket for launch.

NPS photo by Kevin Doxstater

DAY 2: THURSDAY

  • 10:00am-12:00 Noon (open house)
    SOLAR ASTRONOMY @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 10:00am-12:00 noon (assembly) and 12:30-3:00pm (launch ops) MODEL ROCKET BUILDING & LAUNCHING workshop @ Bryce Canyon City Fire Station/Emergency Service Bldg. (kits with motor from $10-$30 - purchase rocket kit voucher at Visitor Center bookstore)

  • 4:00-5:30pm PLANET WALK @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 6:00-7:00pm PLANISPHERE PRACTICE @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater

  • 3 CONCURRENT PRESENTATIONS - FREE tickets must be obtained in person @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

- 8:00-9:00pm @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center: "Star Stories" Planetarium Educator Amy Sayle

- 8:30-9:30pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: "Reaching Way Out" NASA Solar System Ambassador, Patrick Wiggins.

- 9:00-10:00pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: "Mapping the Andromeda Galaxy thru Crowd Sourcing" University of Utah Astronomer Anil Seth, PhD.

  • 9:00pm-12:30am STARGAZING @ The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's trailer drop-off/overflow parking lot:

    HUGE TELESCOPES
    provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society.

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Dark Rangers
 
Kids watching model rocket launch

Children watching each other's model rockets launch

NPS photo by Kevin Doxstater

DAY 3: FRIDAY

  • 10:00am-12:00 Noon (open house)
    SOLAR ASTRONOMY @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 10:00am-12:00 noon (assembly) and 12:30-3:00pm (launch ops) MODEL ROCKET BUILDING & LAUNCHING workshop @ Bryce Canyon City Fire Station/Emergency Service Bldg. (kits with motor from $10-$30 - purchase rocket kit voucher at Visitor Center bookstore)

  • 4:00-5:30pm PLANET WALK @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 6:00-7:00pm PLANISPHERE PRACTICE@ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater

  • 9:00-10:00pm KEYNOTE:
    Astronaut Story Musgrave

    (see above)
    @ Ruby's Inn's Ebenezer's Barn & Grill
    1000+ tickets available at the door
    $3.00 per person
    $10.00 per immediate family
    (Children 5 and under Free)

  • 10:00pm-12:30am STARGAZING @ The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's trailer drop-off/overflow parking lot:

    HUGE TELESCOPES
    provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society and the Astronomical League.

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Dark Rangers
 
Dark Ranger points a green laser into sky filled with Milky Way as visitor looks through telescope

Dark Ranger Angie Richman brings  ancient stories to life during a 20-min constellation tour.

John Sefick

DAY 4: SATURDAY

  • 10:00am-12:00 Noon (open house)
    SOLAR ASTRONOMY @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 10:00am-12:00 noon (assembly) and 12:30-3:00pm (launch ops) MODEL ROCKET BUILDING & LAUNCHING workshop @ Bryce Canyon City Fire Station/Emergency Service Bldg. (kits with motor from $10-$30 - purchase rocket kit voucher at Visitor Center bookstore)

  • 4:00-5:30pm PLANET WALK @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 3 CONCURRENT PRESENTATIONS - FREE tickets must be obtained in person @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 10:00 p.m. Friday night.

- 8:30-9:30pm @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater: "Journey to the Virgo Cluster" by Bryce Canyon Dark Ranger Don Williams

- 9:00-10:00pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: "Astronomy thru the Ages" by Bryce Canyon Dark Kevin Doxstater

- 9:30-10:30pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: "Dark Wars" by Bryce Canyon Dark Ranger Kevin Poe

  • 10:00pm-12:30am STARGAZING @ The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's trailer drop-off/overflow parking lot:

    HUGE TELESCOPES
    provided by the Dark Rangers of Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Great Basin, & Zion National Parks

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Dark Rangers
 
 

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...