11th Annual Bryce Canyon Geology Festival

BRYCE, UT – Bryce Canyon National Park invites you to join us for the 11th Annual Geology Festival July 14-15, 2017.  Join guest speaker, Dr. Rebecca McKean, Assistant Professor of Geology at St. Norbert College, as she presents “Life and Death in the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway” and “An Adventure in Fossil Hunting: A Journey Spanning 92 Million Years”. Both of these programs draw on her expertise in large, extinct marine reptiles that swam in the shallow, subtropical inland sea covering much of southern Utah 100 years ago.  Presentations will begin Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bryce Canyon Lodge auditorium and are free to attend.


The park is also pleased to welcome famed southwestern artist Roland Lee to this year’s festival. His talents in depicting the scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park in transparent watercolors will be yours to enjoy first-hand as he provides live plein air watercolor demonstrations at Sunset and Inspiration Points beginning at 9:00 AM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. His special presentations “Painters of the National Parks: Geology Through the Eyes of the Artist” and “40 Years of Painting the Parks: The Art of Roland Lee” will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Bryce Canyon Lodge on Friday and Saturday.


Enjoy guided hikes, geology presentations and demonstrations, children’s activities, and rock and fossil displays.  The Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with activities on the patio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.


We extend a special thanks to our many partners for participating in this year’s festival. For a complete schedule of the daily events, go to the park website at https://www.nps.gov/brca/annual-geology-festival.htm, or call 435-834-5322.  Brochures will also be available each day at the Visitor Center and Shuttle Stations located in Bryce Canyon City.


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