Bryce Canyon National Park encompasses a total area of 35,835 acres of land and is located in southwestern Utah and specifically in Garfield County and Kane County. The closest city to the park is Panguitch, which is the county seat of Garfield County. To get to the main entrance of the park, you can use the I-15 south from the North, or you could use the I-15 north from the South through Zion National Park.
One of the distinct features of Bryce Canyon National Park are the geological structures called hoodoos formed through erosion and weathering of riverbed and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The structures are orange, red, and white and provide a great view of the park.
Beyond this scenic beauty, the park also has a rich ecology that is comprised of over 400 native plant species mainly found in forests and meadows at different altitudes or elevation levels. There are also hundreds of animal species including several bird species, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.
Besides the topography and the ecology of this park, you could also get to enjoy several recreational activities at the park. Some of the popular activities include biking, horseback riding, hiking, auto-touring, camping, cross-country skiing, guided hikes, and interpretive programs.
The amenities available at the park include a picnic area, lodge, campgrounds, restrooms, restaurant, cabin rental, groceries, hiking trails (50+ miles), visitor center, and a museum/exhibit. Just like with most national parks, you are allowed to bring your dog along for your recreational activities. If you intend to enjoy your time at the park and are considering bringing your pooch along, you should be aware that there are some restrictions.
First, all dogs must be restrained on a leash that is no longer than six feet long. Additionally, pets should always be unattended to, and this includes cleaning up after your dog and properly disposing of your dog’s poop. Pets are generally not allowed into park buildings, but they are allowed to most other park areas unless specifically designated otherwise.