There is no better state in the entire country for a family vacation than Utah. It is well-known that Utah is a family-friendly state and as such, there is much to see and do that is tailored to tourists of all ages. However, having said that, Bryce Canyon deserves an honorable mention because of the amazing landscapes and comfortable places to stay, along with an assortment of nearby attractions to enjoy. Bryce Canyon National Park is perhaps not as renowned as Yellowstone or Yosemite, but there are things to do and see in Utah that you won’t experience anywhere else on earth.
Where to Stay in Bryce Canyon
As one of the newest and highest rated hotels for visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park, the Best Western Bryce Canyon Hotel is where you should start your hunt for luxurious, yet affordable, family accommodations. With suites as large as 530’ ft., you will have all the comforts of home nearby all the attractions and local restaurants. Hotel guests say this hotel provides the perfect ‘homey’ atmosphere to the end of a busy day of exploring some amazing natural rock formations and perhaps even a few hours on horseback.
A Bit About the Park Itself
Established as a National Park on February 25, 1928, Bryce Canyon National Park has a rim that varies between 2,400 to 2,700 miles in length. That’s a lot of park! However, if you were to spend a day taking in all 13 vistas (viewpoints), it would take at least 3 hours to make your way from point to point. Of course, with the amazing orange rock spire formations making the ideal backdrop for photo ops, you can plan on spending better than half a day just traversing the viewpoints. In all, it’s approximately a 38-mile drive, round trip.
Things to Do in the Park
Although many people visit Bryce Canyon for the opportunities to see some of the nation’s most amazing rock formations, there are other attractions within the park itself. Visitors can hike the trails, ride horseback, picnic and learn about the rangers who secure the park. Also, if you are interested in sitting quietly to see what kind of animals might poke about, you’ll be delighted in:
- Utah prairie dogs
- Mule deer
- Rocky Mountain elks
- Sage Lizards
- Uintah chipmunks
- Short-horned lizards
And then, be on the alert for Green Basin rattlesnakes. If you’ve taken the time to learn about Bryce Canyon Rangers, they’ll have updates on any predatory animals that might be causing problems, but those are few and far between. Experts say it’s the influx of tourists that drive predators to places where they can seek their prey undisturbed – and that wouldn’t be a popular tourist area of the park.
This summer, visit Utah for the family vacation of a lifetime. You will enjoy the great outdoors in a way you never imagined possible while spending quality time with the family you just won’t get back home. You might just have enough fun to make this an annual event! Don’t be surprised if that happens because the locals say visitors come back year after year after year, and this could be you.