Natural Resources Monitoring at Bryce Canyon National Park

Red rock hoodoos in foreground, pine-covered mountains in background
High-elevation woodlands dominate Bryce Canyon National Park.

NPS/A. Washuta

The NCPN monitors air quality, climate, land surface phenology, landbirds, landscape dynamics, uplands, and water quality at Bryce Canyon National Park. The results of that monitoring provide park managers with scientific information for decisionmaking.

Before becoming a national park in 1928, Bryce Canyon National Park was established as Bryce Canyon National Monument by Presidential Proclamation in June 1923, "because of unusual scenic beauty, scientific interest and importance." The park is known internationally for its brightly colored and towering formations of limestone, clay, and silt, which were created primarily by the erosive forces of water.

Elevation ranges from approximately 1,859 meters (6,100 feet) in the eastern lowlands to 2,774 meters (9,100 feet) at the park's southern end. Annual precipitation averages 381 millimeters (15 inches) with an average annual snowfall of 254 centimeters (100 inches) at headquarters. Overall, upland woodlands dominate the park—especially ponderosa pine and/or two-needle pinyon-juniper species. Most shrublands occur as small patches. Native grasslands intermix with shrublands; riparian and wetland plants occur almost exclusively in wet meadows and along streams on the west side of the park.

Visitor-use density, adjacent land-use impacts, and exotic plant species invasion are the park's main natural resource management concerns. However, the absence of human development and artificial light creates conditions for unimpeded distant views by day and unparalleled viewing of the brilliant night skies.

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    Publications and Other Information

    Several protocols are monitored at the network scale. For reporting on air quality, climate, land surface phenology, landbirds, and water quality, please visit Monitoring Reports.

    Park Briefs

    Park briefs summarize completed and upcoming monitoring for a given year.

    Source: Data Store Saved Search 513. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Monitoring Reports

    Upland Vegetation and Soils at Bryce Canyon NP

    Source: Data Store Saved Search 455 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Inventory Report and Brief

    Vegetation Classification and Mapping at Bryce Canyon NP

    Source: Data Store Collection 4284 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Inventory Reports

    Climate, Herpetofauna, Invasive Exotic Plants, and Vascular Plants at Bryce Canyon NP

    Source: Data Store Collection 4285 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.