March 6, 2013 13-03
For Immediate Release
Jan Stock, 435-834-4741
Bryce Canyon National Park Will
Waive Entrance Fees on Ten Days in 2013
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone. “Our national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, and other public lands offer every American a place to get outdoors, learn about our nation’s history and culture, and restore our spirits,” Salazar said. “By providing free admission, we are rolling out the welcome mat for Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all of us.” Tourism and outdoor recreation tied to public lands are powerful economic engines in communities across the country. Recreation on federal lands provided 440,000 jobs and contributed $55 billion to the economy in 2009. Each year, over 280 million national park visitors pump $31 billion into local economies, supporting 258,000 jobs. “We have a fantastic network of public lands that provides world class recreational opportunities, showcases our nation’s rich and diverse history, and features some of the most incredible scenery around,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The fee free days will give both first time and repeat visitors a good reason to spend time exploring these remarkable places.” Bryce Canyon National Park will join hundreds of National Park Service sites across the country in waiving entrance fees on the following dates: April 22-26………………National Park Week August 25………………97th Birthday of the National Park Service September 28…………..National Public Lands Day November 9-11…………Veterans Day Weekend
Although the $25 entrance fee will be waived at Bryce Canyon, entrance stations will be staffed to provide maps and information, and to sell annual park passes, including: A FREE annual pass for active duty military members and their dependents; A FREE lifetime pass for U.S. residents with permanent disabilities; A $10 lifetime pass for U.S. residents age 62 and over; A $30 annual pass for the general public that provides entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park;
Bryce Canyon National Park 435-834-5322 P.O. Box 640201 www.nps.gov/brca
Bryce, Utah 84764
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
And an $80 annual pass for the general public. Except for the Bryce Canyon annual pass, each of the passes above provides entrance to lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service.
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My husband and I took our 3 young children to hike in Bryce last year. We chose the Navajo loop. We enjoyed showing our kids the beautiful vistas from each different part of the hike. The children loved finding new places to run ahead and hide in the rock wall and jump out to scare us. Half of the hike is downhill which means the other half is uphill to get back to the top of the canyon. Though our 5 year old started to get tired all 3 of our children were able to do it without being carried. When we were at the top looking down to see the hike they had just accomplished we all felt proud. It was a great experience in Bryce Canyon.
The Thunder Mtn. bike trail is a wonderful scenic single track trail located in Red Canyon. The trailhead is just a short drive from Bryce Canyon. You’ll take in some beautiful views as your ride through the hoodoos, red rock, and pine forest. It’s not too long of a ride, but it does get a little technical near the end. You can make it a loop if you don’t have a shuttle or second car. Start at the bottom of the Red Canyon bike trail(which is paved), and at the top you’ll take a right on to the dirt road. From there the trail head is only located a short distance. It’s quite an adrenaline rush at the end as you navigate some short switchbacks, and then ride through several washbeds.
There are quite a few videos on youtube of people riding this trail. See one at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq_m_XNyo0c
Thanks to everyone who helped at the 28the annual Bryce Canyon Winter Festival. http://www.rubysinn.com/winterfestival.html A good time was had by all, as evidenced by the “Harlem Shake” video that was created by some of our guests. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lqRDi8aYAI
Looking for something other than hiking Bryce Canyon National Park? Tropic Reservoir is a beautiful lake set in a ponderosa pine forest atop the Paunsaugunt Plateau. It is small but very scenic, approximately 25 minutes from Best Western Ruby’s Inn. It can be readily fished from shore or small boats. Maximum water depth is 29 ft and average depth is 10 ft. The reservoir is usually stocked with catchable-size (10-inch) rainbow trout, which provide good fishing throughout the summer. The use of the boat ramp is seasonal depending on the water level. Do you have to fish? Absolutely not, this is a great place to go for a nice swim, and have a picnic. If you decide to bring your ATV’s up they have a few ATV trails that are very scenic, along with some hiking trails. The scenery is extraordinarily beautiful here and highly recommended.
Bryce Canyon Girl XOXO
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Bryce Canyon Girl
People often wonder where the name Bryce Canyon came from. This is a history lesson of the beautiful Bryce Canyon. Pioneers came to this area starting in the 1860’s. (This does not include the Silvestra Velez de Escalante, who passed through Escalante area in the 1700’s) Families started establishing a town called Clifton, close modern day Cannonville, near the Paria River and Henrieville Creek. A year after this town was established; Ebenezer Bryce joined the families in this area. He created his homestead a mile outside of Clifton in Henderson Valley. He helped build irrigation ditches for the families in Clifton and created a road that lead up to the pink cliffs to help make the timber more accessible. The town’s folk started to call the amphitheater where the road ended, “Bryce’s Canyon.” Ebenezer Bryce did not stay in the area; he moved his family south into Arizona. Even though he was no longer around, the town’s folk continued to call the canyon “Bryce’s Canyon.” How about that for a history lesson? Ebenezer did not stick around but continue to influence this area today. He is one cool dude.
Bryce Canyon Girl
One of the wonders of Bryce Canyon is Mossy Cave. It has grown in popularity the last few years and why not? It’s amazing! The hike is short and sweet. The hike is not even a mile long and is a great way for families to enjoy the canyon. The cave is now blocked off to traffic inside the cave but the sight is still amazing. Along the trail is the little stream called the Tropic Ditch, which leads up to a water fall and down through the canyon of Bryce. This is always a great way to cool off during those hot summer months. This is hike is probably the most favorite by the locals, and it is beautiful during the day and at night. Special and serene. It is definitely recommended by me and everyone around.
Bryce Canyon Girl