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Highlights of the park

ESTABLISHED:
As a national monument in 1923, as a national park in 1928.

LAND AREA:
35,835 acres.

NUMBER OF VISITORS PER YEAR:
Almost 1.75 million in 1997.

LOWEST AND HIGHEST ELEVATIONS:
From a low of approximately 6500 ft., to Rainbow Point which stands 9115 ft.

NUMBER OF PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES:
79 mammal, 189 bird, 7 reptile, 5 amphibian, and 458 plant species.

POPULAR SIGHTS:
Queen's Garden, Thor's Hammer, the Sentinal, Sinking Ship, Silent City, and numerous other hoodoos, fins, mazes, and spires.

POPULAR ACTIVITIES:
Sight-seeing, hiking, camping, backpacking, photography, horseback riding, wildlife observation, star gazing.

HIKING:
Over 50 miles of hiking trails. Ranging from the easiest trail, the 1/2-mile (one way) section of Rim Trail between Sunrise and Sunset Points, to the Under-the-Rim Trail which extends 22 miles from Bryce Point to Rainbow Point and has eight backcountry campsites.

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Bryce Canyon
National Park
Utah's National Parks magazine cover Welcome to Bryce Canyon National Park

Over the millenia, erosive forces have created thousands of spires, pillars, and rocky temples, whimsically arranged within huge amphitheaters of red rock. These formations are smaller and more intricate than those seen at Zion, and the whole feel of the park is more energetic and free-form.

The National Park Service (NPS) needs your help to protect this vast resource and to ensure your safety. For more than three-quarters of a century, the NPS has endeavored to preserve America's parklands for future generations. The NPS and concessioner Amfac Parks & Resorts work together as a team to ensure that your visit is a memorable one. Please help us by taking a proactive role in the preservation of the parks.

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