Small compared to many national parks in the Southwest, Bryce Canyon nonetheless ranks among the most spectacular and rewarding of all America's parks. Packed into its 56 square miles are vast numbers of strikingly varied and colorful rock formations - most especially the grotesquely shaped spires called hodoos.
Directions: From Zion National Park (83 miles west), follow Utah 9 east, turn north on Utah 89, then continue east on Utah 12 to Utah 63, which is the park entrance road. From Capitol Reef National Park (abouth 120 miles away), follow Utah 12 southwest to Utah 63.
Entrance Fee: $25 per car per week
Pets: Permitted in campgrounds, parking lots, and paved roads; must be leashed at all times!
Overnight Backpacking: Allowed on the Under-the-Rim Trail and the Riggs Spring Loop Trail. (Purchase permits for $5-$15 at the visitor center)