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Bryce Canyon National Park

Amazing Geological Structures.

History

Bryce Canyon, named after Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, became a national monument in 1924 and a national park in 1928, and is famous for its unique geology. Over millions of years, ice and rainwater have shaped the limestone into canyons, windows, and spires called “hoodoos.” The rim of the plateau is rimmed with ponderosa pines, firs, and meadows. Archeological evidence of humans in the area established use at least 10,000 years ago, although most likely, humans used the area seasonally to avoid the harsh winters. Hunting was an early activity, as well as harvesting pine nuts. Early Mormon pioneers constructed a 10 mile long irrigation ditch through the area that would later become the park, allowing the dry valleys below to be suitable for agriculture. After the creation of the national park, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made the park accessible to travelers, and their improvements lead to it being a national attraction, then an international “must see.” Today, over 1.5 million people visit the park each year.

Entrance fees

An entrance fee of $25 for motorcycles and $30 for private, noncommercial vehicles is charged at entry. The passes are good for seven days. The park offers an annual pass for $35 that is good for 12 months from the purchase date. The national park pass ($80), senior pass ($10) and other national park passes are accepted at Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Fishing Near Bryce Canyon

The rivers and mountain lakes to the west of the park offer wonderful trout fishing. In particular, try the East Fork of the Sevier River and Tropic Reservoir. Tropic Reservoir is stocked annually with 10-inch rainbow trout making for decent fishing all summer long and the East Fork primarily produces brown trout and cutthroat trout although other fish are possible in certain sections.

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Courtesy of the AstroViewer night sky map.

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