Annual Geology Festival

A red rock landscape with text for 2021 Geology Festival
2021 Geology Festival Poster

NPS/Peter Densmore

2021 Geology Festival

Bryce Canyon's Geology Festival (Geo Fest) is scheduled for Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10, 2021. Join park rangers for guided hikes, family-friendly geology programs, evening programs as well as exhibits and family oriented activities at the Visitor Center.

Day 1: Friday, July 9 2021

Guided Hike

9 a.m.
Join a geologist for a 1 - 2 mile (1.6 - 3.2 km) hike and learn to read the stories within the rocks of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Reservations required. Sign up the day before or same-day at Visitor Center Information Tent for location and to attend.

Plein Air Painting on the Rim

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunset Point
Join artist Ken Rupel to see the park’s geology through the eyes of a painter. Ken’s focus is on volunteering and painting the Southwest’s public lands and parks, including Grand Canyon NP, Bryce Canyon NP, and El Morro NM. Following a career as an architect, he retired to Tucson, AZ in 2014 and has since concentrated on plein air landscape oil painting and graphite sketching.

Visitor Center Plaza Activities

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come by the Visitor Center to explore geologic concepts through hands-on activities, crafts, and educational booths!

Hoodoo Geology Talks

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Sunset Point
What’s a hoodoo? How do they form? Why does Bryce Canyon have so many? Attend a Geology Talk and learn more!

Grand Staircase Geology Talks

12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Yovimpa Point
Experience the last 250 million years through the rocks that connect Bryce Canyon to Zion Canyon and down to Grand Canyon.

Evening Program

9:00 p.m. at North Campground Outdoor Theater (~45 minutes)
National Parks as Scientific Benchmarks

Because Bryce Canyon’s geologic features and processes have been kept mostly unaltered for nearly a century, scientists can use the park to study geology, geomorphology/erosion, paleontology, hydrology, weather and climate, air quality, and even intangibles such as soundscapes. This information, in turn, helps us better understand and protect natural systems well beyond the park boundary. Join the park Physical Scientist to learn more about research and management in Bryce Canyon, and the role of all national parks as scientific benchmarks.

Day 2: Saturday, July 10 2021

Guided Hikes

9 a.m.
Join a geologist for a 1 - 2 mile (1.6 - 3.2 km) hike and learn to read the stories within the rocks of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Reservations required. Sign up the day before or same-day at Visitor Center Information Tent for location and to attend.

Plein Air Painting on the Rim

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunset Point
Join artist Ken Rupel to see the park’s geology through the eyes of a painter. Ken’s focus is on volunteering and painting the Southwest’s public lands and parks, including Grand Canyon NP, Bryce Canyon NP, and El Morro NM. Following a career as an architect, he retired to Tucson, AZ in 2014 and has since concentrated on plein air landscape oil painting and graphite sketching.

Visitor Center Plaza Activities

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come by the Visitor Center to explore geologic concepts through hands-on activities, crafts, and educational booths!

Hoodoo Geology Talks

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Sunset Point
What’s a hoodoo? How do they form? Why does Bryce Canyon have so many? Attend a Geology Talk and learn more!

Grand Staircase Geology Talks

12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Yovimpa Point
Experience the last 250 million years through the rocks that connect Bryce Canyon to Zion Canyon and down to Grand Canyon.

Evening Program

9:00 p.m. at North Campground Outdoor Theater (~45 minutes)
Eroding Terrain: Managing Bryce Canyon’s Geologic Resources

Learn all about the ongoing projects at Bryce Canyon and how we are working to preserve this iconic geologic landscape for future generations.

Last updated: July 7, 2021

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Mailing Address:

P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764

Phone:

(435) 834-5322
Phones are answered and messages returned as soon as possible as staffing allows.

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