Bryce Canyon National Park


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Bryce Canyon National Park,

35,835 acres (14,513 hectares), SW Utah; est. 1924. The Pink Cliffs of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, c.2,000 ft (610 m) high, were formed by water, frost, and wind action on alternate strata of softer and harder limestone; the result is colorful and unique erosional forms, including miniature cities, cathedrals, and spires. The Basket MakersBasket Makers,
name given to the members of an early Native North American culture in the Southwest, predecessors of the Pueblo. Because of the cultural continuity from the Basket Makers to the Pueblos, they have been jointly referred to by archaeologists as the Anasazi culture.
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 were probably the first Native Americans to inhabit the area, and many of their artifacts are exhibited. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

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acres (hectares)
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Bryce Canyon National Park

Address:PO Box 640201
Bryce Canyon, UT 84764

Phone:435-834-5322
Fax:435-834-4102
Web: www.nps.gov/brca/
Size: 35,835 acres.
Established: Proclaimed as Bryce Canyon National Monument on June 8, 1923; changed to Bryce Canyon National Park on February 25, 1928.
Location:In southern Utah. From the north or south on US Hwy 89, turn east on UT 12 (7 miles south of Panguitch, Utah) and travel to the junction of UT 12 and 63. Then turn south onto UT 63 and travel 3 miles to park entrance. From the east, travel west on UT 12 to the intersection with UT 63. Then turn south to park entrance.
Facilities:Lodge, campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, groceries, restaurant, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, hiking trails (50+ miles). Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, guided hikes and interpretive programs, auto touring.
Special Features:In horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters along the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah, erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestones, sandstones, and mudstones into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles, and mazes, collectively called "hoodoos." The 18-mile main park road affords outstanding views of the park and southern Utah scenery; from many overlooks you can see more than 100 miles on a clear day.

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Two-factor solutions were obtained for the Arches and Bryce Canyon National Parks samples, and a three-factor solution was obtained for Zion National Park.
This research examines the relationship between lightscapes and visitor enjoyment by comparing the responses of day-use visitors with those attending night sky-related interpretive programs at Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Although it took millions of years to form the red-orange limestone labyrinth of Bryce Canyon National Park, in winter it takes only one day and a good storm to make this ancient place look new again.
With continued recovery efforts, Wallen says that the Utah prairie dog should do well at Bryce Canyon National Park. "There's a reasonable expectation that we could improve habitat enough to expect 25 percent to 50 percent more animals in the park over the next five to ten years."
Bryce Canyon National Park is 260 miles south of Salt Lake City.
For a listing of other film festivals in the West, see page 20 of the January 1990 Sunset.) Houseboat on Lake Powel: 1 year ahead UTAH Bryce Canyon National Park. Six months ahead, reserve motel rooms ($60) or cabins ($70) at Bryce Canyon Lodge, open April 26 through October 15; the grand building overlooking the canyon has recently been restored.
It is a landscape so fantastic that author Wallace Stegner once called this the "land of the stunned imagination." State Highway 12 twists through this country, and now that a last section of it has been paved, you can conveniently drive east of Bryce Canyon National Park to Kodachrome Basin, Escalante Canyons, and beyond.
Photo: On Peek-a-Boo trail in Bryce Canyon National Park, riders pass wind-eroded hoodoos
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah 84717; visitor center, (801) 834-5322.
Well into April, the high plateaus of Bryce Canyon National Park in southwest Utah lie under a snowy blanket, but more of the park is accessible to snowshoers and nordic skiers now all the roads are plowed.