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Scenic landscape view into Bryce Canyon National Park. A spectacular place to visit.
Interesting fact: Water, ice, and gravity are the natural forces that formed the geological “hoodoos” that make Bryce Canyon unique.
This park is named after Ebenezer Bryce, who started ranching the area in 1875. Upon showing the canyons to visitors, he is said to have remarked, “It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow.”
Bryce Canyon’s rocks are among the youngest of those on the Colorado Plateau, dating back a mere 65 million years ago to the Cretaceous period.
Cool fact: Most rural parts of the U.S. have 2500 stars visible on any given clear night. At Bryce Canyon, that number jumps to a whopping 7500. Currently, these essential remaining dark night skies are being threatened by mining in the nearby community of Alton. The mining will potentially adversely affect the clear skies. It is a hugely contentious situation.
Geological fact: Bryce Canyon isn’t actually a canyon. It’s actually a natural amphitheater.
Total Area 35,835 acres – Annual Visitation 1,385,352 in 2012 (view all years) – Park Creation Date September 15, 1928 – Entrance Fee $25 per vehicle per week – Time Zone Mountain – Lowest Elevation 6,620 feet at Yellow Creek – Highest Elevation 9,115 feet at Rainbow Point – Lowest Average Temp 9°F in January – Record Low Temp -26°F in 1963 – Highest Average Temp 78°F in July – Record High Temp 98°F in 2002
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