Ponderosa pines, high elevation meadows and fir-spruce forests border the rim of the 8500 ft. plateau, while panoramic views of southern Utah spread beyond the park's boundaries. This area boasts some of the nation's best air quality. This, coupled with the lack of nearby large light sources, creates unparalleled opportunities for star-gazing.
In Bryce Canyon erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestone and sandstone into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles and mazes, collectively called "hoodoos."
Open all year, the park offers recreational opportunities in each season. Hiking, sightseeing, and photography are the most popular summer activities. Spring and fall months offer greater solitude. In the winter months, the contrast of the red rock against the white snow along with the area's best air quality, provide unparalleled views and serenity beyond compare. In all seasons fantastic shapes cast their spell on sightseers and hikers alike.