Bryce Canyon

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Bryce Canyon National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
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Map showing the location of Bryce Canyon National Park
Map showing the location of Bryce Canyon National Park
Location Garfield County and Kane County, Utah, United States
Nearest city Tropic, Panguitch
Coordinates 37°37′42″N 112°10′04″W / 37.62830°N 112.16766°W / 37.62830; -112.16766Coordinates: 37°37′42″N 112°10′04″W / 37.62830°N 112.16766°W / 37.62830; -112.16766
Area 35,835 acres (14,502 ha)[1]
Established September 15, 1928
Visitors 1,296,000 (in 2011)[2]
Governing body National Park Service

Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park in southwestern Utah. Its major feature is Bryce Canyon.

Despite its name, this is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is known for its hoodoos. The hoodoos are badlands formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks.

The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce is much higher than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).

Bryce Canyon Amphitheatre from Sunrise Point

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