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Star trails and a bristlecone pine at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Clear skies above Bryce Canyon National Park mean incredible stargazing opportunities. And this starry photo gives us a chance to remind our fans that April 15 to 23 is National Park Week in the United States. We often highlight on our homepage the stunning natural beauty found in our nation’s national parks—from forests to glaciers to inviting tropical waters and many other natural treasures as well. In the case of Bryce Canyon, visitors can explore an unusual desert habitat where bristlecone pines, like the one in the foreground here, may live for hundreds and even thousands of years in an ecosystem that seems, at a glance, harsh and unforgiving.


Bryce Canyon National Park is a National Park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, 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 sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.
Website: www.nps.gov/brca
Address: PO Box 640201, Bryce, UT 84764
Phone: (435) 834-5322
Established: Feb 25, 1928
Area: 55.99 sq miles (145.02 km²)
Annual visitors: 2.37 million (2016)
Travel tip: The viewpoints not to miss at this beautiful park are Bryce, Inspiration, Sunset, and Fairyland point. @tripadvisor

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