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Bryce Canyon National Park - If you are planning a family vacation to Utah, then Bryce Canyon should be high on your list of places to visit. Bryce Park is located a short drive to the east of Cedar City, situated amongst miles and miles of unspoiled wilderness beauty. In fact, Southern Utah has some of the most interesting canyons, rock formations, trails and forests to be found in the United States.
Bryce Canyon National Park is almost like two parks in one. Visitors can tour the canyon from the top and enjoy spectacular views. The road and trails, here, traverse the forested plateau portion of the park and visitors have easy access by automobile to interesting vantage points. There are also trails that you can follow that allow you to hike down into the canyon from above, and in order to really see and appreciate the fantastically carved and beautiful rock formations, you must hike below the rim. However, the top area of the park contains the campgrounds, accommodations and other developments.
Bryce Canyon Lodge has a restaurant and over 110 rooms and cabins. The park has two campgrounds with approximately 170 tent sites and 55 sites for trailers. Lodging is also available in Panguitch, which is approximately 25 miles northwest of the park. Cedar City is further away and to the west of the park, but it is a larger city with more lodging options. It is situated about halfway between Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. If you stay here, please keep a sharp lookout for deer when traveling along scenic highway 14, as it is not uncommon for them to be out on the road or grazing alongside it.
Below are some pictures of the Bryce Canyon area when we visited in June of 2008. Enjoy!